“First Be Reconciled”
In God’s way of looking at things, our relationship with the Other and our relationship with others are very closely connected.
God, forgive us for our efforts to compartmentalize our relationships, for our tendency to kid ourselves into thinking that somehow things can be right with you whom we have never seen when they are wrong with our sister or brother whom we see every day.
God, forgive us for our efforts to compartmentalize our worship, for our tendency to kid ourselves into thinking that somehow we can lay our lives before you in the sanctuary when we refuse to lay our lives before each other in our daily lives.
God, as we revel in the truth that Jesus Christ through his death and resurrection reconciled us to you, cause us to grow in the related truth that we are to be reconciled to each other. Give us the grace both to seek reconciliation and to accept the reconciliation that is sought by another.
“So when you are offering your gift at the altar, if you remember that your brother or sister has something against you, leave your gift there before the altar and go; first be reconciled to your brother or sister, and then come and offer your gift.”(Matthew 5:23)