Morning Mass for the Feast of the Assumption
Saturday, August 15, the Church celebrates the Assumption of Mary, when Mary, at the end of her life, was taken body and soul into heaven. This day is normally a holy day of obligation; however with the obligation to attend Sunday and Holy Day Masses still in effect, and that since it falls on a Saturday, it would have been dispensed this year even without Covid. Still, there will be a Mass celebrating the Assumption on Saturday, August 15, 2020 at 9 a.m. in the church. 
Wednesday of the Nineteenth Week in Ordinary Time

Reading 1 EZ 9:1-7; 10:18-22
The LORD cried loud for me to hear:
Come, you scourges of the city!
With that I saw six men coming from the direction
of the upper gate which faces the north,
each with a destroying weapon in his hand.
In their midst was a man dressed in linen,
with a writer’s case at his waist.
They entered and stood beside the bronze altar.
Then he called to the man dressed in linen
with the writer’s case at his waist, saying to him:
Pass through the city, through Jerusalem,
and mark a “Thau” on the foreheads of those who moan and groan
over all the abominations that are practiced within it.
To the others I heard the LORD say:
Pass through the city after him and strike!
Do not look on them with pity nor show any mercy!
Old men, youths and maidens, women and children–wipe them out!
But do not touch any marked with the “Thau”; begin at my sanctuary.
So they began with the men, the elders, who were in front of the temple.
Defile the temple, he said to them, and fill the courts with the slain;
then go out and strike in the city.
Then the glory of the LORD left the threshold of the temple
and rested upon the cherubim.
These lifted their wings, and I saw them rise from the earth,
the wheels rising along with them.
They stood at the entrance of the eastern gate of the Lord’s house,
and the glory of the God of Israel was up above them.
Then the cherubim lifted their wings, and the wheels went along with them,
while up above them was the glory of the God of Israel.

Gospel MT 18:15-20
Jesus said to his disciples:
“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.
If he does not listen, 
take one or two others along with you,
so that every fact may be established
on the testimony of two or three witnesses.
If he refuses to listen to them, tell the Church.
If he refuses to listen even to the Church,
then treat him as you would a Gentile or a tax collector.
Amen, I say to you,
whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven,
and whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.
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.”  


Lectionary for Mass for Use in the Dioceses of the United States, second typical edition, Copyright © 2001, 1998, 1997, 1986, 1970 Confraternity of Christian Doctrine; Psalm refrain © 1968, 1981, 1997, International Committee on English in the Liturgy, Inc. All rights reserved. 
Take the Gospel to prayer:

Today Jesus teaches us to take care of our differences/disputes directly and discreetly. Ultimately, if peaceful resolution cannot be achieved, we need to let it go. We do not seek retribution. We do not make more of the matter than it is. We involve just enough people to get the matter settled. Hopefully, healing occurs and the relationship is restored to a state even stronger than it was earlier.

It is so difficult not to say "I told you so" when you find yourself vindicated. The Lord reminds us that the relationship is more important than the victory. He then extols the power of agreement - two or more gathered in His name puts Him in the situation as well.

Let us be mindful that Jesus is the third party in every conversation. Lord, help me to build bridges of peace rather than walls of isolation.
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