Be our brothers’ keepers

Post date: Sep 7, 2014 3:42:35 AM

7 September 2014 ( 23rd Sunday in Ordinary Time )

[Ezekiel 33:7-9] [Romans 13:8-10] [Matthew 18:15-20]

In the first reading, we see God commanding us to speak on His behalf as messengers and warn the wicked to turn away from their sinful ways so as to be saved from spiritual death. St Paul in the second reading summed up the Mosaic Law in a single command: ‘You must love your neighbour as yourself’ and said that we would have carried out our obligations if we have loved our fellow men. In today’s gospel reading, Jesus taught us to live as responsible and accountable spiritual brothers and sisters who are genuinely concerned for the spiritual well-being of others by correcting their faults. The three readings show our Lord God giving us the responsibility to be our brothers’ keepers. It is thus unacceptable for us to say “it’s none of my business” in the same vein as Cain (Genesis 4:9). The words of God clearly spoke of God’s commanded spiritual responsibility and accountability that we have towards our neighbours in loving them and correcting those who live in error. Let us reflect on this command and take up the responsibility to be our brothers’ keepers.