Homily for Wednesday, Nineteenth Week in Ordinary Time

Ez 9:1-7; 10:18-22
Mt 18:15-20

We can often be impressed by numbers, and that is true even within the context of the church. We look to see how many are coming to Mass or how many are signing up to this event or to that ministry. Jesus’ way of looking at things is somewhat different from ours. Numbers did not seem to be an issue for him. He understood the value of the one; he spoke of the shepherd who left the ninety-nine sheep to go in the search of the one who was lost. In this morning’s gospel reading he declares that where two or three are gathered in his name, he is there in the midst of them.

The smallest gathering in a tiny church is just as significant as the huge congregation in one of the great Cathedrals of Basilicas of the world. In these days of declining numbers within the church, the gospel teaches us to appreciate the significance of those present, regardless of how few, rather than allowing ourselves to become too discouraged by those who are not present. The Lord is present where two or three are gathered in his name, and if we are open and responsive to the Lord’s presence among us, few though we may be, he will draw others to himself through us. Amen

Fr. John Peter
Kigoowa Parish

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