It seemed that the drought in Israel would never end. But Elijah prayed, and the rains came, as we read in our first reading today from 1 Kings 18.
In today's Gospel reading from Matthew 5, Jesus speaks of the importance of mending fences.
“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.” Here we see how our relationship with God (bringing your gift to the altar) is intrinsically tied to our relationships with other people (be reconciled with your brother). While we must ask forgiveness of God for our offenses, we must also ask forgiveness of our brothers and sisters. Only then will our worship of God be genuine. Are there fences in your life that need to be mended?
Father, forgive us of our sins. Help us to have the humility and love to mend our relationships with others, so that we may offer you true worship. Amen.
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