From today’s Gospel, from St Matthew: ‘If you are offering your gift at the altar, and there remember that your brother has something against you, leave your gift there before the altar and go; first be reconciled to your brother, and then come and offer your gift’.

Here are some of St Benedict’s ‘Instruments of Good Works’, which have a bearing on the Gospel reading: ‘Not to yield to anger. Not to nurse a grudge. Not to hold guile in one’s heart. Not to make a feigned peace. Not to forsake charity. Not to swear, lest perchance one forswear oneself. To utter the truth from heart and mouth. Not to render evil for evil. To do no wrong to anyone, and to bear patiently wrongs done to oneself. To love one’s enemies. Not to render cursing for cursing, but rather blessing’.

May God’s peace, true peace, rest upon you this day, and may God bless you.