Sunday, September 4, 2011

Gathered in the Name of Jesus

Sun. 23rd Week Year A
Gospel Mt 18, 15-20

Jesus says that wherever two or three are gathered in His Name, there He is in the midst of them.  Moreover, He says that if we all pray together we will receive what we ask for.  But gathering together in the Name of Jesus means more than simply being in the same room or church and saying the same prayers.  We must be, like the Church in the Acts of the Apostles, of “one heart and one mind”, so that in the Holy Spirit of love we may truly be with Jesus and feel together (con-sensus) with Him.  Our hearts must be like His, moved with pity for the needs of all.  And we must have the mind of Him who, “emptied Himself, even to death on the Cross. Yes, when such people gather to pray, then Jesus prays in them and with them. The Father cannot but hear and answer such a prayer!
Today the Poor Clare Sisters begin their novena of prayer to the Holy Spirit in preparation for their community elections.  Next week they will gather together in the Name of Jesus as they do every three years, to elect their Mother Abbess and her Council.  Please join them in prayer that they may truly feel together the will of God.

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