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These reflections are a result of more than 40 years of ministry as a Roman Catholic priest. Most of these years I spent in the Diocese of Charlotte which covers Western North Carolina. Now I am retired, and live in Medellín, Colombia where I continue to serve as a priest in the Archdiocese of Medellín.

Monday, 31 August 2020 20:09

XXIII ORDINARY SUNDAY

If two of you agree on earth about anything for which they are to pray, it shall be granted to them by my heavenly Father.  (Mt 18:19)

Do you remember the old arcade machine with the stuffed animals and the Claw? How many kids lost their quarters in that stupid machine without ever managing to get a little stuffed animal? But some folks think that “agreeing in prayer” is kinda like a celestial grab bag—that we can get anything we want as long as we “agree in prayer.” When folks take verses from the Bible to use for their own purposes, It’s always good to check out the context of the verse. In fact, “agreeing in prayer” is set by the gospel writer in the context of forgiveness of sins, specifically about forgiving your brother or your sister. And unfortunately, we don’t agree very much when it comes to forgiving of others.

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