Seek Reconciliation and Offer Forgiveness
Seek Reconciliation. Offer Forgiveness. Take some time today for Lectio Divina. Read this Gospel the first time, taking in what is happening. The second time, read through and pick out one or two phrases that stand out to you and hold them in your heart. The third time, read through and consider how God is speaking to you through this reading. Then take some time to pray and reflect.
Today's Gospel states: 'For I tell you, unless your righteousness exceeds that of the scribes and Pharisees, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. "You have heard that it was said to the men of old, `You shall not kill; and whoever kills shall be liable to judgment.' But I say to you that every one who is angry with his brother shall be liable to judgment; whoever insults his brother shall be liable to the council, and whoever says, `You fool!' shall be liable to the hell of fire. So if you are offering your gift at the altar, and there remember that your brother has something against you, leave your gift there before the altar and go; first be reconciled to your brother, and then come and offer your gift. Make friends quickly with your accuser, while you are going with him to court, lest your accuser hand you over to the judge, and the judge to the guard, and you be put in prison; truly, I say to you, you will never get out till you have paid the last penny' (Matthew 5:20-26).
In today's reading, we are told that we need to be repentant, seeking forgiveness for those who we hurt, and give forgiveness to those who hurt us. God calls us to be people of love. Who can you send some extra love to today? Take some time to reflect and pray.
Today we pray:
Thank You for a new day to live, love, and be loved. Help me to seek and give forgiveness for those around me, following by the loving example You have set. I pray in Your most holy name, Amen.