September 10, 2023

A42: The Fifteenth Sunday after Pentecost, Year A (2023)

Michael Renninger

“In the hours and days after the Florida hurricane, people of every race, language and way of life helped their neighbors of every race language and way of life. Everyone faced a common challenge, and everyone worked toward a common goal – making sure that the other human beings around them were safe and taken care of. In moments like this, it seems we acknowledge something we should never forget: that we are all part of the human family, and that every human being has dignity and value,” says Michael Renninger, Pastor of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Richmond, Virginia. In today’s passage from Matthew 18:15-20, “Jesus reminds us that wherever human beings are, he is there, in our midst. He is there, wherever two or three people are gathered in his name, because he is present in every human being.” It’s easy to follow this command for those in need who are a thousand miles away. However, “Jesus asks and demands that we respect and love the people right in front of us.” This is where it gets harder! Listen as Renninger explains why.

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