On one occasion, Jesus spoke of reconciliation when we ourselves are the wrong-doers: “If you bring your gift to the altar and there recall that your brother has anything against you, leave your gift at the altar, go first to be reconciled with your brother, and then come and offer your gift” (Mt 5).
Forgiveness from the heart and reconciliation are not the same. Sometimes, an attempt at reconciliation may actually make matters worse. However even when it is prudent it is unlikely that I will approach another to be reconciled, unless I have already forgiven what I think is wrong in that person. Forgiveness and reconciliation are, therefore, related.
Christian community is impossible without a spirit of forgiveness and reconciliation. Jesus’ disciples are an assembly of imperfect human beings called to become one mind and one heart in the Lord. All of us need the peace that only he can foster.
Let your peace lead me, Lord, to be a peacemaker. With your aid, I want to be reconciled with all of my brothers and sisters so far as that is possible.