Readings & Reflection Questions

It’s all about connecting… Life and Faith



The Twenty-Third Sunday in Ordinary Time, September 10 (Cycle A)

The Twenty-Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time, September 17 (Cycle A)

 First Reading:  Ezekiel 33:7-9
Second Reading:  Romans 13:8-10
Gospel:  Matthew 18:15-20
First Reading: Sirach 27:30- 28:7
Second Reading:  Romans 14:7-9
Gospel:  Matthew 18:21-35
In the first reading Ezekiel has been appointed by God as “watchman.”  Such a a person had to keep watch and warn the city of approaching danger.  For Ezekiel, personal responsibility is important.  The prophet must warn individuals as well as the group.  The Gospel reading addresses the same theme.  Matthew is the only Gospel writer to speak of relationships and responsibilities within the Church.     Forgiveness is perhaps one of the greatest challenges individuals and communities face.  In this Gospel passage Peter asks Jesus how often he should forgive someone who has wronged him and Jesus’ answer meant there are no limits: “seventy times seven times.”  

Connection To Life:

Connection To Life:

Relate a time when you hurt someone and the person confronted you about it.  How did you feel and how did you respond?  

Tell about a time in your life when your prayers were answered but not at all as you expected. 



Who in your life has forgiven you the most?

Recall an experience when you held onto a grudge.  What was the effect on you?

Describe a time when God’s generosity to you made it possible for you to forgive someone else.


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