This article builds upon the previous one: Meant For Lent #2 :: Fast with Intent
Forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors.
Lent is a time for deeper repentance from sin and compromise so we will please God and enjoy deeper intimacy. The Lord is ‘rich in mercy’ (Eph 2:4) and like the prodigal son we need to run back to God again (Luke 15:11-32).
However true reconciliation with God is not possible without real reconciliation with others. Our prayers, fasting and sacrifice will not count for much if we do not seek the grace to forgive anyone we are not at peace with, even if they are at fault.
Therefore, if you are offering your gift at the altar and there remember that your brother has something against you, leave your gift there in front of the altar. First go and be reconciled to your brother; then come and offer your gift.
Matthew 5: 23,24
Seek repentance by approaching the Sacrament of Reconciliation and asking for the grace to forgive from the heart and to reach out to others in genuine and practical love and service.