Greetings in the name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ,
Fr. Gary offers the Forward Day by Day reflection for today:
Matthew 5:24. First be reconciled to your brother or sister, and then come and offer your gift.
During a Lenten series I facilitated with a friend at our church, the topic of forgiveness fell to me. Several days before the session, I dutifully watched the film that accompanied the study guide. At first I took careful notes; then I began listening. When the brief segment was over, I watched it again, and then again.
For a long time I had been at odds with my brother, always loving him but never quite able to forgive him for perceived slights from our past. My inability to be reconciled to him was taking its toll on me, not him. When I let go of my anger and hurt feelings, I experienced a lightness and freedom of being.
My relationship with my brother still had its rocky moments, but when our parents both became ill, we were able to face those difficult situations together. Today we share our lives without rancor, sharing the ups and downs of day-to-day life. God calls us to forgiveness and reconciliation to free us and discover new life.
Alleluia, Christ is risen. The Lord is risen indeed! Alleluia!
Blessings, Peace, Joy, & Hope,
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