A Christian's mission is to be a true instrument of salvation for those who still need to know Jesus Christ and those who are already in God's Church. In the case of those who are already “at home”, but live contrary to the teachings of faith, it is up to the brother, humbly and in charity, to make the necessary corrections, in order not to allow the other to get lost in sin and at the same time , may return by heart to the community of faith of which it is objectively part. Correction must be grounded in the truth and the greatest law of salvation. Sin is a tremendous wound to the life of the perpetrator and to the whole community, which must live the symphony of truth, love, hope, and faith.
Peter was given the power to "turn on and off" in Mt 16:18. This is a particular form of petrine action, a ministry given directly by Jesus for the exercise of his ecclesial mission. Ultimately, it is up to him the power of decision in certain situations. Jesus also gave this power to the other apostles, according to Mt 18,18, as a form of full-body participation in the restoration of each member. All for the sake of all, this is the logic of unity, that it may sound the only song of salvation. It is the obligation of every member of God's people to exercise fraternal correction charitably. Failure to do so means disagreeing, that is, dissonant, in disharmony, out of context and the reality that God wills. The saving work belongs to all. Then you cannot think of a disciple of Christ outside of His Church, for that is where he lives and through which he feeds to eternal life.
The secret of the Christian life is the constant presence of Jesus Christ, the action of the Holy Spirit, and the will of the Father. Jesus is there, by the will of the Father, through the Spirit, that we may all reach eternal communion with God. "Where two or three are gathered together in my name, I will be there among them." And whatever is requested in the name of Jesus, all being in agreement, that is, in symphony, desiring one thing: good, God will grant them, especially when it comes to such essential things as forgiveness, the transformation of the other, and your salvation. Jesus' teaching makes clear the connection between Heaven and His Church, so that in the world it guarantees Heaven's presence on earth.
A strong and affectionate hug.
Father José Erinaldo