Time and again Our Lord makes it clear that He has come properly to interpret the law and make clear to us the fullness and objectivity of that law – that is the intention God had when he gave us his commandments. This was to overcome the narrow and human understanding of the law. For instance, whilst the Jews understood what it meant to love their God, their understanding of love of neighbour was actually indifference to that neighbour (refer to the parable of the Good Samaritan).
Today Jesus emphasises the need for reconciliation; a process which is designed through dialogue and interaction, to remove fear, anger, hatred, revenge, insult, exploitation and everything that needs to be uprooted in the hope of resolving issues. This in turn must lead to pardon and forgiveness.
God will NOT forgive the sin of not forgiving others and we agree to this when we petition Him in the Lord’s Prayer to forgive us as we forgive those who have sinned against us. We need to get what we say into our hearts.
You can take a horse to the water but you cannot make it drink. Jesus is saying for your own sake take the horse to the water!! The Triune God smiles upon us when we make a genuine effort towards reconciling irrespective of the outcome, irrespective of possible failure in this regard.
Today think about whom you have become indifferent to so that you don’t have to go through the sacrificial effort of reconciling. This could be a parent, a sibling, a friend, and many others. Choose one person with whom you need to be reconciled.
Almighty Father, open my heart fully to receive the gift of the Holy Spirit who will empower me to start the process of reconciling with others. Amen.