Just One Simple Word!

...if you are bringing your offering to the altar and there remember that your brother has something against you... go and be reconciled with your brother first, and then come back and present your offering

Matthew 5:23-24
Sirach 15:15-20; Psalms 119:1-2,4-5,17-18,33-34; I Corinthians 2:6-10; Matthew 5:17-37

To establish his agenda for the new year, a certain man recorded a very telling greeting on his voicemail which went like this:

“Hello, and Happy New Year. I’m sorry I am unable to take your call right now. Please be advised: In 2014 I’ve decided to make some important changes in my life — and if you don’t hear back from me, you’re one of them!”

I know what some of you are thinking: “Oh how I wish I had the courage to do the same on my voicemail. This year, oh how I wish I had the courage to make some really important changes in MY life!” And as well intentioned as this desire may be, it is important for us to first take care of the unfinished business from the past. To first clean up our messes, if you will, so in the new year we can move forward into the Good Life God intends us to live. And it all…

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