Reflections of Faith
Read and be inspired by a reflection based on today's Gospel made by members of the Verbum Dei Family in Manila.
June 11, 2020 Thursday
Be reconciled with your brother, and then offer your gift at the altar
What is the right sacrifice or offering in the eyes of God? I recall a priest saying in his homily once, "if you have a sick relative who needs to be brought to the hospital on a Sunday, by all means do so even if it may mean having to miss the Eucharist."
In the same way, Jesus is telling us that, without love for others, any sacrifice or sacrament is compromised in the eyes of God. Our external actions and our participation in the activities in our community and churches must be preceded by mercy and forgiveness in the same way that God told Israel to "rend their hearts and not their garments".
Lord help us to discern and always understand what you really desire from us and help us to love others as you love them.