How does Jesus Approach Disagreement?
When was the last time you had a disagreement? Today’s Gospel reveals that Jesus understands disagreements will arise in our lives. He even offers guidance on how to handle them when they do.
“If your brother sins [against you], go and tell him his fault between you and him alone. If he listens to you, you have won over your brother.”
Jesus also proposes next steps, should the brothers not succeed in finding agreement. These actions include inviting witnesses and, if needed, the Church.
In his concluding words, Jesus speaks to his ever-present role in our lives—in times of peace and tribulation.
“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.”
We find comfort in knowing that God is always there for us. When we need help, all we must do is ask.
But as we reflect further, instead of focusing on the inconvenience that comes with disagreement, we invite you to consider the change that can happen when two different ideas find common ground as one. Perhaps it’s a new appreciation for the perspective of another or a new learning that shapes your own perspective.
As we prepare to embrace the remainder of the week, we are challenging ourselves to approach disagreement with a commitment to partnership, collaboration, and trust—in ourselves and God’s presence in our lives.