Jerard Staromana/ September 10, 2017/ Blogs, News

First Reading: Ezekiel 33: 7-9
Responsorial Psalm: Psalms 95:1-2,6-7,8-9
Second Reading: Romans 13:8-10
Gospel: Matthew 18:15-20

There’s a reason why we’re put into households. There’s a reason we’re put into discussion groups. There’s a reason why leaders have counterparts. One word: accountability. There are times where we need someone to have our back. Of course, we depend on our Lord to help us, but God didn’t put our brothers and sister on earth with us just for nothing. Matthew 18:15 reads:

If your brother sins against you, go and tell him his fault between you and him alone.

Sound familiar? One-on-ones are such an important aspect of the CFC-Youth culture. This past summer I was so blessed to have multiple one-on-ones with many of my brothers and a handful with my own counterpart. All of those one-on-ones reminded me of how blessed I am to have people like them in my life who will always have my back. We’re all running this race to Heaven but we need team mates, coaches, supporters and more! Don’t be afraid to confront your friend, your fellow household members, or heck even your leaders about things they might have done wrong. In the end, we all want Heaven for each other. I encourage you, my brothers and my sisters, to be your “brother’s keeper” and be accountable for one another. As Bill Withers famously wrote in his song Lean On Me, “We all need somebody to lean on.” Spongebob needed Patrick, Lilo needed Stitch, Captain America needed Bucky Barnes, and I need you. Pray for me, as I am always praying for you!