Reconciliation is a key biblical theme. It appears in the teaching, storytelling, and example of Jesus. And Paul unpacks it in several of his letters. Reconciliation is “right-making in relationship”—an attempt to restore the first thing that was damaged by the fall in Eden: the intimate, holy web of relationships among God and human beings. When reconciliation happens, the distance between us decreases.
This week we talk about ways that those who are in the wrong can “keep their yes open” to those whom they have offended—opening themselves to grace and mercy, practicing the faith that leads to justification and forgiveness.