WORD of the DAY
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. (Matthew 5: 23-24)
Lent is a time of forgiveness, of reconciliation with others. Today, Jesus is very clear when He tells us that we cannot offer our gift until we are reconciled with those who have something against us. When a relationship is broken, we must try to re-establish it. Jesus tells us we cannot experience true communion of prayer with God if we exclude our sisters and brothers. Only those who are reconciled among themselves can find a place at the Lord’s altar.
This basic teaching must be firmly impressed in our heart and in our life. This teaching was taken very seriously by the first Christians and should be taken seriously by us today as well.
Today, as I ponder these words of Jesus, I will examine my conscience in order to remove from my heart resentment, rancor, anger toward anyone. Jesus will help me.
The voice the Didachè 14, 2, Ancient Patristic Text
Whoever is fighting with someone else cannot be united to us until they are in peace, to avoid that our sacrifice be profaned.