Go first and be reconciled with your brother

March 10, 2017 8:51 am

“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) 

Forgiveness is the first step in building a strong and lifelong relationship. We are sinners; we have our limits and weaknesses, and if we start with expectations and demands from the others, instead of respect and a gift of self, we will finish at a dead end. “Go first and be reconciled with your brother” helps me also to improve my relationship with God, who expects “my gift at the altar” only when I am reconciled with my brothers and sisters—so important to Him is our unity.

“Cast away from you all the crimes you have committed, says the LORD, and make for yourselves a new heart and a new spirit.” (Gospel Acclamation) 


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