23rd Sunday in Ordinary Time

A Reflection From Fr. Gerry,

Some years ago, while reading, I came across this statement that I held on to and it is this,

“We all belong to a greater or lesser extent to this dysfunctional family we call the human race.”

Dale Carnegie wrote a book that turned out to be a best seller and it was titled “How to Win Friends and Influence People.” The book dealt with a very real human need, how to relate to other people. Jesus knew better than anyone else that this can be a very difficult thing to do. He had problems with his own

co-workers. Sometimes they argued among themselves as to who was the greatest. Eventually one of them denied him, another betrayed him and later they all abandoned him at the time of his greatest need. He had a problem with organized religion of his time. Some called him a sinner, a glutton, a heretic or words to that effect.

All of this is not to say that Jesus was a misfit. It is simply to say that he knew the importance and he understood the difficulty of interpersonal relationships. So today he gives some pointers on how to get along with people.

First, he says, “If your brother sins against you go and tell him his fault between you and him alone. The key here is communication. Don’t brood about it and complain to everyone. Keep it between you the two of you and there may be a good chance you can work it out, but there is more. Building up resentment can be a bad thing in a relationship. For example, a wife is hurt by her husband, whether emotionally or physically or both and she keeps it to herself and says nothing. Then it happens again and again and finally she blows up and says things to him that he can’t even remember. So instead of brooding about it, bring it out into the open quickly and talk about it, be humble and prayerful and honest about it. Pray before you begin to talk.

Then he says if all of this fails, tell the church. We live in a culture where it certainly would not be advisable to air our differences before the whole congregation, we could be her a long time. The more practical advice here is to contact a counselor or an objective third party.

And then Jesus goes on to say that when everything else fails, “You should treat them as a Gentile or a tax-collector.” How should we treat them? The only way we can answer that question is by observing what Jesus did. He loved them, befriended them. In fact, our Gospel this weekend was written by a former tax-collector and Jesus simply said, “Follow me.”

So how do we try to get along with people? It is through prayer, communication, humility, honesty, openness and trying to be kind. These are just basic common-sense guidelines and can help us a lot through whatever conflicts we have. May God go with you.




1st Reading—Ezekiel 33: 7-9—God called the prophet as a watchman for the house of Israel. Unless those called by God try to turn the wicked away from evil, they will not be saved. When holy people speak up in God’s behalf, they are saved.

 Psalm 95: 1-2, 6-7, 8-9—“If today you heard God’s voice, harden not your hearts.”

 2nd Reading—Romans 13: 8-10—all commandments are summed up in this: “You shall love your neighbor as yourself. Love does no evil to the neighbor; hence, love is the fulfillment of the law.”

 Alleluia! God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ and entrusting to us the message of reconciliation. Alleluia!

 Gospel—Matthew 18: 15-20—Jesus said, “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.”




1) Let us pray for the Church:

God, we are your people, the flock you guide.

Bless your Church throughout the world, its leaders, and all members.


2) Let us pray for all nations:

God of every land and people, help us live as brothers and sisters.

May your Spirit show us the way to resolve our differences.

Bring peace between our nation and to all the world.


3) Let us pray for working men and women:

On this Labor Day weekend, we give you thanks O God for the gift of work. We pray for the unemployed, the under-employed, and for those whose hard work benefits us all.


4) Let us pray for the sick:

Heal our friends and loved ones who are in pain, especially —

Holly Francis        Tony & Betty Morici      Dot Tebelman

Elena Perea           Cooper Pavkovich          Diane Naren

Dolores Cumming   Alex Fabian Family      Dave Pearce

Mark Bogues        Renee Thompson            Alan Hasselbach

Andy Rubin          Tom Rubin       Ron Rubin

And all who have asked for our prayers.


4) Let us remember the dead:

Hear the prayers of those who grieve, O God, and bring our beloved

safely to your heavenly home, especially …Ron Ohlinger, husband of Samantha and…

(5:00 Mass)  Thomas & Michael Emon

(8:30 Mass)  Frances Rimi, Mark Rance, Theresa Sagert

(10:30 Mass) Tyler Bonner, Jonathan Davis, Roger McCarville


5) Let us pray for our personal needs in a moment of silence

Bless our children. As they returned to school, grant them perseverance in their studies.

We pray to the Lord…


ANNOUNCEMENTS – September 6, 2020

The pregnancy help center in Oxford is in need of the following items: sippy cups, pacifiers, baby bottles, baby clothing 12 mos-2T for boys and girls. Please leave your donations in the cradle located in the gathering area.

The Knights of Columbus and St. Anne Parish are hosting the Deacon Tom Yezak Memorial Golf Outing Sunday, September 13th. Tee time is 12 p.m., registration at 11 a.m. for more information, please check the bulletin.

Registration for Religious Education Classes can be downloaded from our website under the Rel. Ed. Tab., or you can register at the parish office. All classes will be on line from October 4th through December 18th. After the first of the year we hope to have in person classes which be located at St. Daniel’s parish.