Your word is a lamp for my feet and a light for my path. (Psalm 119)
Reconciliation is a holy business! An image of full reconciliation is given in Trinity. In the dogma of the Trinity the Father, Son and Holy Spirit, are the Three in One and One in Three. It is an iconic figure of perfect holy communion. In all of our human relationships, we are designed to be in this perfect communion with others – bound together in perfect love with the one or two others we are communicating with at any given time, but unique, whole and complete in and of ourselves. It is no wonder then that Jesus teaches how to restore peace with others through reconciliation - that is, forgiveness extended from both sides - when sin has disrupted relationship. Reconciliation can be challenging, and frequently needs the communion of saints to support its progress: I need to ask for help if I am unable on my own to arrive at holy communion with someone who has wronged me. But the fruit of reconciliation is worth it. As much as I am in peaceful relationship with one or two other followers of Christ, when we agree on an intention on earth –the healing of an individual, a community, or a particular situation –then Christ is in the midst of us, present there with all of his might and creativity. With whom do I need to be reconciled? Holy Spirit of Jesus, help me seek out others in holy communion.
This is my commandment that you love one another as I have loved you. (John 15:12)
Love doesn't mean doing extraordinary or heroic things. It means knowing how to do ordinary things with tenderness.” Jean Vanier, Community and Growth
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Beverly Illauq lives in Kemptville, Ontario, where she greets each morning by seeking the Gospel Mystery of the Day - the Word of the Lord for direct and practical application to the specific challenges & joys of the day.