Proper 23 – Year A (2017)

Exodus 12:1-14; Psalm 149; Romans 13:8-14; Matthew 18:15-20

Rev. Dr. Tim Connor

The Gospel text is about community discipline within the church. Jesus gives us a model for handling conflict that is grounded in reconciliation and restoration of relationships. It begins with a private, face-to-face encounter and grows to involve others only when the conflict remains unresolved. It challenges us because confronting conflict can be difficult: far easier to walk away than to work toward forgiveness and reconciliation. Following His example means never giving up.