From today’s Gospel, from St Matthew: ‘So 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’.

In the Holy Rule, the chapter on the Instruments of Good Works, St Benedict has this to say: ‘Not to make a feigned peace’; in other words, the reconciliation must be truthful. And again: ‘To make peace with one’s adversary before sundown’. There should be no delay. The Night Prayer of the Church, Compline, always includes Confession, which completes the peacemaking process before the ending of the day.

The Psalmist urges us to ‘make peace and pursue it’. May we follow this counsel assiduously throughout our lives, and may God bless your endeavours for Him this day.