August 14, 2019
(St. Maximilian Kolbe, Priest and Martyr)
Jesus said, “Again, amen, I say to you, 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. For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them.” Mt_18:15-20
There’s an old maxim that states that: “There is strength in unity.” And there’s another that says that: “Truth always seeks a companion.” Jesus gives us two examples of these maxims today.
And then He sums them up with the VERY BEST example of strength and Truth that life has to offer. He says, “Where two or more are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them.”
When we live in community with Jesus and with one another, just like we are right now, there is no greater Truth and no greater strength possible. We ARE One with God!
And yet, what we often see in our world is just the opposite. In our books and movies, we see our Lord’s Name slandered as a curse, when things go wrong. Ironically, it is precisely Jesus Christ who could have brought strength and solutions to their problems. And the heroes of those stories are usually the independent, do-it-yourself types. They have no need for God and no need for Community.
And yet, even the famous Moses, of Biblical stardom, was not that kind of hero. Moses counted on God for his strength and his Truth. And within his retinue of Leadership, he had Aaron and Miriam and Joshua as his primary helpers. He had the heads of the 12-Tribes, and he had councilors and judges for help.
If we look very closely throughout that Exodus Story, we see that whenever Moses and His Leaders worked together and in UNION with God, things went well. But whenever God’s strength and Truth were doubted, things would rapidly fall apart.
And so it was, that even as eyewitnesses to the parting of the Red Sea, even with the manna and quail covering the desert for food, and even with water pouring forth from a rock, those Israelites still forgot the God who saved them when it came to stepping over that threshold into the Promised Land. And in their doubt, they lost it all.
Instead of streams and rivers, fruits and vegies, homes and livestock, Israel was destined for 40-years of wandering in a dry, dusty desert, living with scorpions and snakes in tents. And, in a slip of the tongue by Moses; In forgetting to give credit to God for quenching their thirst, Moses himself, with a teasing glance of that Promised Land, never got to set foot there himself, as the baton was passed on to Joshua.
You see, beloved, wherever two or more are separated by disagreement and discord; wherever a gathering is NOT held in the Lord’s Name; there, He will be absent, and there, the greatest accomplishment possible is that of human origin and NOT of God’s unlimited strength and Truth.
Today, we’re reminded, once again, of God’s immeasurable Love for us; and how it is up to us to accept it. And we do just that in our Communion with Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament, AND in communion with the Truth and strength we receive in community with one another and with God.
Jesus Christ IS our Salvation, both NOW and for Life eternal.
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