The 7-Day Forgiveness Challenge

"... go and be reconciled with your brother first"

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

It is reported that once, when Thomas Edison stood on the beach and looked out at the ocean’s incoming waves, he literally wept because, as he saw it, such vast amounts of pulsing energy were going to waste. It also has been said that a waste far more worthy of our tears “is the enormous energy within us that never gets channeled: the love that is never expressed; the kindness that never surfaces; the compassion and tenderness that are never awakened; the forgiveness that is suppressed.” -1

In today’s Gospel Lesson, Jesus says to His followers:

“So then, if you are bringing your offering to the altar and there remember that your brother has something against you, leave your offering there before the altar, and be reconciled with your brother first, and then come back and present your offering” (Mt. 5:23-24).

Later in Matthew’s Gospel, Jesus reveals God’s Will for your life and mine in the matter of forgiveness. The Apostle Peter asks Jesus, “Lord,…

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