Fr. Tom’s Reflections

September 7, 2014: In the Presence of Christ

There are various ways we experience the presence of Christ -- in the Eucharist, in the Word of God proclaimed in the Eucharistic gathering, in a community of faith gathered together, in the voice of our conscience. Today we hear Jesus say: "Where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them."

Today Jesus also asks us to respectfully point out someone's fault to that person directly in contrast to gossiping about that person. When we need to do the tough work of fraternal correction it helps to realize that Christ is present whenever two believers are in conversation. Each person can recognize the presence of Christ in the other, in what is said, and in what is heard.

What helps you to know that Christ is present when you gather with another person? How have you known Christ's presence in tough but necessary conversations?




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