Homily of the Day

Memorial of Saint Maximilian Kolbe, Priest and Martyr

The fidelity of God is shown in the Gospel reading: “For where two or three are gathered in my Name, I am there among them.” God shows his presence where fellows reconcile with each other. Where fellows unite in prayer and in action. Christ promises his presence in the Church when members gather and pray together.     

As members of Christ’s Church each one of us has the responsibility to be a shepherd to one another; each of us is accountable to one another, “If your brother or sister has sinned against you, go and point out the fault when the two of you are in private, and if he listens to you, you have won your brother.” It would be good if we can reconcile by ourselves; only if we cannot, do we involve others and the greater Church community.

We live in an imperfect world; we ourselves are imperfect. There will be conflicts among us. Somehow these conflicts should be resolved. Jesus offers us simple practical guides on how to resolve conflicts. And, more important, Jesus assures us of his abiding presence and help.     Let us therefore pray to be able to talk to and respect one another and, when there are conflicts, to have the courage and perseverance to resolve them, knowing God is with us.