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Confession (Sacrament of Reconciliation)
Thus says the LORD:
You, son of man, I have appointed watchman for the house of Israel; when you hear me say anything, you shall warn them for me. If I tell the wicked, “O wicked one, you shall surely die, and you do not speak out to dissuade the wicked from his way, the wicked shall die for his guilt, but I will hold you responsible for his death. But if you warn the wicked, trying to turn him from his way, and he refuses to turn from his way, he shall die for his guilt, but you shall save yourself.
Where there are human beings, there are going to be differences. Where there are differences, there are going to be conflicts. Where there are conflicts there is going to be either destructive contention or healing reconciliation. How often a household echoes, " make him/her stop hitting me." A worker often complains that an employee is not carrying their weight. Families are torn apart and some members never speak to one another. No one likes to be keeper of public or private morality. BUT, our scripture readings today say otherwise. We have an obligation. We are to challenge evil and the sinner.
The question always lurks: to warn or not to warn, to correct or not to correct, to blow the whistle or not blow the whistle. Who of us wants to be called nosey or a busybody? Who of us wants to be seen as a snitch? We an handle punishing and maybe forgiveness but fraternal correction and confrontation is not an enterprise we relish. Most prefer to avoid a conflict. The prophet Ezekiel tells us to warn people when they are in deadly danger. It's not so much about 'watching' others as it is for 'watching out' for others and their good. Our reason or motive has to be one's love for the other person. Paul reminds us today that Christians owe love to one another. Jesus outlines the how in confronting another. First we must go to that person and talk with the person, privately. If that doesn't work, take another or two with us, to help make sure everyone is listening and hearing the same thing. If that doesn't work, take the issue to the community, a professional, the Church or court. Jesus taught mercy, truthfulness, reconciliation and forgiveness.
So we have an obligation to work toward reconciliation. It takes guts to be truthful and assertive. Approaching another to resolve a conflict, or to point out how one may be on a road to destruction, can be challenging. Jesus' words.... judge not and you will not be judged' caution us. But, there is a difference between judging a person and judging one's actions. Only God is the judge of persons, for only God knows another's heart. It might be good to search our consciences as to when we are obliged to practice fraternal correction, .....privately or in the public sphere.
Do I vote? Am I at all familiar with Catholic Social teaching, whether I am the boss, the worker, a citizen? Do I express myself in writing on public issue or condone an office holder or candidate who advocated policies which are at odds with my conscience? Is there someone, right now, in my life whom I need to sit down and have a good honest talk?
Each of us has a responsibility to challenge one another. Yet, there's a delicate balance between challenging and crushing another. And the timing and place to address sensitive issues is important. Nagging just won't cut it. Love does no evil to the neighbor. Things will change with ordinary people, assume moral responsibility to the point of calling one another to task..... respectfully.