The healing of broken relationships in families, parishes and religious communities is one of the most important tasks each of us faces. Every society and every church knows the devastating effects of separations that hurt not only those directly involved, but everyone touched by those who are at odds.
In Alcoholics Anonymous and other twelve step programs, the fourth and fifth steps which encourage addicts to search their hearts and admit their wrongs to God, themselves and another person are essential for sobriety and a renewed life. When these steps are not taken, everyone suffers, sometimes to death, and while making amends (Step 8) is not always successful, it is absolutely necessary for anyone who wants to begin a new life each day.
The gospel today is very demanding in this regard and a good reminder that while living the Good News of Jesus is challenging, it is also freeing. When we harbor grudges against others our spirits are too cluttered to see with God's eyes. Only when we ask for the courage to let go of anything that keeps us from God and our faith communities can we hope to witness to the Gospel with all its power to heal and renew.
Today, acknowledge your faults.
How do you seek reconciliation in your life?