A Daily Gospel Reflection
by Deacon Joe Coan
Wednesday, August 12, 2020
"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 in my name, there am I in the midst of them."
The phone rang in a local church. The voice on the other end asked if a famous actor who was visiting Des Moines over the weekend would be at mass that Sunday. The pastor replied, "I'm not sure what his plans are for this Sunday, but I do know that Jesus intends to be here."
An occupational hazard of church-going Christians is to tend to forget that each time we gather in the name of Jesus, Jesus gathers with us. He gathers with us just as certainly and personally as he gathered with his disciples in his lifetime.
This is the great mystery that takes place each time we gather in the Lord's name at the Lord's table to hear the Lord's word and eat the Lord's Supper.
Have we ever experienced Jesus' presence while at prayer with others?
Jesus said to his disciples, "I will be with you always." Matthew 28:20