Lenten Reflection for 3/3

Friday of the First Week of Lent

Daily Prayer

Almighty God, who governs all things both in heaven and on earth, grant that the gifts You give us, and which we now offer back to You, free us from our sinful ways and bring us new life.

We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, Your Son, who lives and reigns with You in the unity of the Holy Spirit, God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Scripture Readings

Ezekiel 18:21-28; Matthew 5:20-26
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Scripture Quote

Matthew 5:24

[Jesus said to his disciples:]
“Leave your gift there at the altar,
go first and be reconciled with your brother,
and then come and offer your gift.”


God subtly reminds us that to get to heaven we must renounce our old self with its petty bickering. How do we do that? We must reconcile ourselves with our brothers and sisters. We must offer love and forgiveness to those who wronged us, and not give in to anger, bitterness or self-pity. We must love our neighbor as oneself. Only then will we be fit to lay gifts at His altar or reside in His kingdom in heaven.

Reflection Questions

  • Do I worship God regularly?
  • What can I do to make peace with someone in my life with whom I need to be reconciled?

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