February 26, 2021
Each day during Lent, I will be highlighting a Lenten Word (or phrase) of the Day from the readings of the day. I encourage you to reflect on this word or phrase and incorporate it in your prayers today.
Therefore, if you bring your gift to the altar, and there recall that your brother has anything against you, leave your gift there at the altar, go first and be reconciled with your brother, and then come and offer your gift. (from Matthew 5:20-26).
BE RECONCILED: I heard this at a conference many years ago and it stuck with me; it offered me a beautiful image of what it truly means to reconcile…
Inside of the word ‘reconciliation’ is the word ‘cilia’, which is the Latin word for eyelash. Reconciliation is locking eyes with Jesus, having a face to face, eyelash to eyelash, encounter with him. It is raw and intimate. The intimacy allows Jesus to see inside me – to my heart, to the depths of my soul.
When Jesus, or anyone you have harmed or offended (sinned against), can see the intent of your heart, forgiveness is possible.
The gospel passage above reminds us to make amends (be reconciled) before coming to the party (bringing your gift to the altar). Liturgically speaking: You must go through Lent to enjoy Easter.