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Go First and Reconcile
Daily Gospel Reflection 6/9/2022
Therefore, if you bring your gift to the altar, and there recall that your brother has anything against you, leave your gift there at the altar, go first and be reconciled with your brother, and then come and offer your gift. (Mt 5:23-24)
In today’s Gospel, we read about the importance of reconciliation and the critical step of healing any unresolved issues with our fellow man. Jesus’ words are unambiguous when He says leave your gift at the altar and reconcile with your brother first. While this is referenced throughout various places of the Bible, I believe today’s reflection is a much-needed reminder about forgiving others as the Lord forgives us. Let’s try to look past the mistakes and failures of those around us and instead love them with a Christian spirit.
Beloved, if God so loved us, we also must love one another. (John 4:11)
Many of you reading this will probably be able to relate to my personal reflection today, and maybe you even had a similar experience? While most of us have had arguments with family members, this never leaves anyone feeling good. Not too long ago, I lost my temper and became quite angry over what I realize now were some very trivial matters. While I ended up not only hurting myself spiritually, my words and actions hurt the other family members in the same manner. After some days passed, I went to confession, which undoubtedly helped, and sure enough, I felt the Holy Spirit telling me to remove any pride, humble myself and apologize. Reading today’s Gospel, I am reminded of when I had left my gift at the altar and made amends. Sure, enough, after I did this, great healing started to occur. The main lesson I learned here was that it is not about being right or wrong in an argument but instead having a charitable heart while trying to understand that we can all fall short at times.
I urge anyone that feels inspired by today’s reading to consider reconciling with any part of your life that needs this attention. The month of June is powerful as it celebrates the Sacred Heart of Jesus. Turn to Him, and let’s stay in prayer for all those lost in the world or may have fallen away from Christ.
If possible, on your part, live at peace with all. (Romans 12:18)