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PRAYER / Lenten Reflection 2005

Friday, February 18, 2005

"If you bring your gift to the altar and there recall your brother/sister has anything against you..."

In the past, when reading this gospel, I have tried to picture myself leaving the Communion rail because I became aware that my sister/brother had something against me. But I know I'd never be humble enough to do that. In a way, this disturbed me until I read this quote from Tertulian: "In Greek, the root meaning of repentance is not the confession of a sin, but a change of mind." That sounds more like Jesus' real message. So my need is not to leave the altar, but to leave my corner of resentment, anger and bitterness and allow, with God’s grace, a change in my feelings toward that person. I might realize that in allowing my feelings against this person to grow in me I am making myself the center of the universe (idol worship?). What I need is a change of heart; without that there is no conversion.

Is there anyone to whom I need to go to be reconciled? I will pray for a willingness to be open and responsive – not harboring any bitterness or resentment.

Contributor: Sister Jane Claire Simon

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