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One Minute Reflection – 15 March – Go and be reconciled with your brother. 

One Minute Reflection – 15 March – Friday of the First week of Lent, Year C, Gospel:  Matthew 5:20–26 and The Memorial of St Clement Mary Hofbauer C.Ss.R.(1751-1820)

“If you are bringing your gift to the altar and there remember that your brother has something against you, leave your gift there before the altar and first go and be reconciled with your brother.   Then come and offer your gift.”…Matthew 5:23–24

REFLECTION – “Christ gave His life for you and do you hold a grudge against your fellow servant?   How then can you approach the table of peace?   Your Master did not refuse to undergo every kind of suffering for you and will you not even forgo your anger?… He has offered me an outrageous insult, you say.   He has wronged me times without number, he has endangered my life.   Well, what is that?   He has not yet crucified you as the Jewish elders crucified the Lord.

If you refuse to forgive your neighbour’s offence your heavenly Father will not forgive your sins either (Mt 6:15).   What does your conscience say when you repeat the words: “Our Father who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name…,” and the rest?   Christ went so far as to offer His blood for the salvation of those who shed it.   What could you do that would equal that?   If you refuse to forgive your enemy you harm not him but yourself… You earn for yourself eternal punishment on the Day of Judgement.

Listen to the Lord’s words:  “If you are bringing your gift to the altar and there remember that your brother has something against you, leave your gift there before the altar and first go and be reconciled with your brother. Then come and offer your gift.”   What do you mean?   Am I really to leave my gift, my offering there?   Yes, He says, because this sacrifice is offered in order that you may live in peace with your brother… For the Son of Man has come into the world to reconcile humanity with its Father.   As Paul says: “Now God has reconciled everything to himself” (Col 1:20) “putting enmity to death through the cross” (Eph 2:16)…. St John Chrysostom (347-407)matthew 5 23-24 - leave your gift at the altar - christ went so far - st john chrysostom 15 march 2019.jpg

PRAYER – All-merciful Father, help me to be ever open to Your love and mercy, running to You in all my needs and in all my fears.   Allow me too, to run to the confessional when I have sinned, to ask for and receive forgiveness and love.   Through Your mercy and forgiveness, teach me too to forgive and open my heart to kindness, reconciliation and care for my brother.   Grant that the prayers of St Clement Mary Hofbauer, may assist us all in living holy lives according to Your Commandments and the laws of the Church. Amenst-clement-mary-hofbauer-pray-for-us-15-march-2018-no-2.jpg

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