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September 07, 2014

Called to Community

None of us is called to follow Jesus alone; we’re all called into a community of believers. This reality of our call means that we have certain obligations to love one another as we make our way with Jesus, obligations to support one another on the way – even when this loving support means confrontation.

Father Zosima, a character in Dostevsky’s The Brothers Karamazov, says at one point in the novel that “Love in action is a harsh and readful thing compared to love in dreams.” Our duty to at times confront one another is certainly an example of such a thing.

The consolation of today’s Gospel is the reminder that this sort of confrontation – “confrontation for the Kingdom” we might call it – is a holy act: “For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them.”

—Fr. Martin Connell, S.J. is a professor of education and Rector of the Jesuit community at John Carroll University, University Heights OH.

Prayer

Lord, in those moments when my heart is most burning with desire to speak words to another but my fear holds me back, let your Holy Spirit be my guide. Help me to consider what the other person needs to hear and grant me the wisdom to speak with courage and consideration.

—The Jesuit Prayer Team


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September 07, 2014

Called to Community

None of us is called to follow Jesus alone; we’re all called into a community of believers. This reality of our call means that we have certain obligations to love one another as we make our way with Jesus, obligations to support one another on the way – even when this loving support means confrontation.

Father Zosima, a character in Dostevsky’s The Brothers Karamazov, says at one point in the novel that “Love in action is a harsh and readful thing compared to love in dreams.” Our duty to at times confront one another is certainly an example of such a thing.

The consolation of today’s Gospel is the reminder that this sort of confrontation – “confrontation for the Kingdom” we might call it – is a holy act: “For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them.”

—Fr. Martin Connell, S.J. is a professor of education and Rector of the Jesuit community at John Carroll University, University Heights OH.

Prayer

Lord, in those moments when my heart is most burning with desire to speak words to another but my fear holds me back, let your Holy Spirit be my guide. Help me to consider what the other person needs to hear and grant me the wisdom to speak with courage and consideration.

—The Jesuit Prayer Team


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