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23 Sun. in Ordinary Time, Sept. 10/17

The 23rd Sunday in Ordinary Time: September 10/17

Gospel: Matthew 18:15... in today's Gospel Jesus telling his disciples about settling a conflict between them then he goes on to say to them “whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, whatever you loose on her will be used in heaven”.

During the last few years we have seen many many changes take place as a belief system and the practice of the Catholic religion. The Catholic religion most of us were introduced to was a church that was she by the Council of Trent in answer to the Protestant Reformation. The Council of Trent put in their place what Catholics were to believe, rules and laws they were to obey, and with a high degree of commanding obedience to all that the Council of Trent put into place. For the past 500 years it was like the church was in a deep freeze until Vatican Council to withdraw a little bit of change to the church as an institution. It was seen as a responsibility of the magisterium to oversee and ensure that Catholics obeyed and believed everything which the church taught. There was no room for doubt, there is no room for dialogue, it was all settled and Catholics were demanded believe it and to be a good Catholic meant that a good Catholic was a person who did what they were supposed to do, and no questions were to be asked. Is one way the rulings of Trent reestablished the church, there was stability, and people knew exactly what it meant to be a Catholic.

However, in our day and a sayings that change as the day we talk about process theology. This was the kind of theology which characterized the early church when they didn't have everything set into place, but rather it is a matter of growth, development, and evolution.

In today's Gospel Matthew has Jesus saying whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven. This teaching is clearly different from the teachings of Trent was set everything in the place, very static, and no questioning. This statement attributed to Jesus all of the door for critical thinking, reflecting on a person's experience and experience of the community and the culture in which people are living and making a living. As a result we see in our time sign up process theology, that is a belief system that is alive, growing, and transforming and this is taking place from within the body of believers. Many people who are schooled in theology, who do critical thinking, and taken to consideration of the discoveries of science are for the most part rejecting the static theology of the past and are embracing the dynamic theology of the present.

The first change is that No longer take the Scriptures literally and this has allowed for a search for the remaining in the Scriptures I mean what is able to feed and inspired people who follow way of Jesus. Today the Scriptures literally, when most of it is not factual, is stored or used. However, when a person takes the Scripture as non-literally, but rather a metaphor, then they are able to gain insights into the teachings of Jesus which are life-giving. When the teaching of the church told us that creation took place in six days, perhaps six years ago, now critical thinkers embracing science know that creation began with a big bang 14 billion years ago and he was impaired on the earth about 150,000 years ago not six thousand. The very notion of atonement has been discarded because critical thinking people longer see Adam and Eve as committing a sin that was handed down by parents to their children. The idea that God was angry and humanity and demanded a blood sacrifice and not blood sacrifice would be Jesus in some is simply not acceptable for a belief in today's world. As a high school student said to me, that is child abuse, and I will not believe in that kind of a God.

There are so many spiritual writers today who are providing us with more information, the belief system which is dynamic and a process moving forward into the future and is not static, both spiritual writers are providing us with alternative orthodoxy and are stressing orthopraxy, over orthodoxy. Orthopraxy stress that we imitate Jesus who was always very active in healing, counseling, and feeding the hungry. The example of Jesus demands that we too be active members of our society that we contributed by the way we live our life and we bring salvation not only to people, but to animals, to trees, greenery, to the earth, and this gets us away from the idea that salvation has to do with being rewarded with heaven. Heaven is a given it is not a reward. We know today that many people have been silenced by the official church because of their thinking which is very process oriented and as all do with life on planet Earth and our responsibility as stewards of creation. It also means unfortunately, that the official church holding on to static theology, is simply being left behind and will continue to be left behind unless the church experiences conversion and up-to-date belief system and way of living that is life-giving for the people of the 21st century.