Therefore, if you are offering your gift at the altar and there remember that your brother or sister has something against you, leave your gift there in front of the altar. First go and be reconciled to them; then come and offer your gift. “Settle matters quickly with your adversary who is taking you to court. Do it while you are still together on the way, or your adversary may hand you over to the judge, and the judge may hand you over to the officer, and you may be thrown into prison. Truly I tell you, you will not get out until you have paid the last penny.
Are we people who find it difficult to be the ones who the make the first move towards reconciliation, when there is an issue, or a hurt between us and someone else? Jesus is pretty clear, isn't he, when he says, 'go and sort it out?' How good are we at asking for the forgiveness of our neighbours? Is it easier to ask for forgiveness from God, and, why is that? I wonder whether we might expect more neighbourly mercy were we more merciful ourselves...
Lord, you have mercy on me. May I model you and become daily more merciful. Amen.