“Therefore, if you bring your gift to the altar and there remember that your brother or sister has something against you, leave your gift at the altar and go. First make things right with your brother or sister and then come back and offer your gift.” Matthew 5:23-24, CEB
Everyone makes mistakes. Everyone. No matter how young or old, we can hurt someone’s feelings, lose our temper, or be mean without meaning it. When that happens, it’s important to say, “I’m sorry.” In this Bible story, Jesus tells us how important it is to “make things right” with someone we’ve hurt, even if it means interrupting our worship.
Admitting we are wrong and saying we’re sorry can be difficult, but it is integral to our faith journeys. The church word for this is “repentance.” In addition to saying we’re sorry, true repentance includes a renewed commitment to a better way. When we repent, we turn away from sin and toward God. We change our behavior to better reflect God’s plan for our lives. This is our journey—both individually and collectively. The season of Lent that begins today Ash Wednesday, February 17, is a time for personal repentance. Join us for one of our Ash Wednesday services at either the Lakeville or Inver Grove Heights Campus at 6:30pm for a safe gathering for the imposition of ashes and communion. You may also watch online on our new Facebook page or on YouTube. We will not be having supper tonight.