“Love means never having to say you are sorry.” Sound familiar? The phrase from the novel and screenplay “Love Story” by Erich Segal was the rage of the 1970’s. The counterpoint resounds in today’s gospel.
Jesus is very clear in what we are to do. “Therefore if you bring your gift to the altar, and there recall your brother has anything against you, leave your gift at the altar, go first and be reconciled with your brother, and then come offer your gift.” There is no mention of love but we know that in the Eucharist we receive the ultimate gift of love, forgiveness and mercy in Jesus.
In the Our Father, we make a covenant with God. He forgives our trespasses and we commit to forgiving those who have trespassed against us. In the sign of peace, we are given the opportunity to reach out to those around us and offer a gesture of peace and reconciliation. If we take the prayer and the sign of peace to heart and put into practice what we pray and do, we become more loving, forgiving, and merciful.
Love does mean having to say you’re sorry. Love does mean we forgive those who seek our forgiveness. Who will you reconcile with today?
Let Us Pray:
Loving God, our source of life, you know our weakness. Strengthen us to forgive like Jesus so that we can love like Jesus. We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen
Daily Eucharistic Reflection – Center for Eucharistic Evangelizing (eucharisticevangelizing.com)