Who should reconcile first? – Elder Joel Yannakopoulos of Kalamata, Greece (+1966)

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Who should reconcile first?

Elder Joel Yannakopoulos of Kalamata, Greece (+1966)

One day a peasant brought Fr. Joel some “weighty” reasons why he couldn’t reconcile with his brother: “Father, I can’t speak first. My brother should speak first—he’s guilty, not me! Besides, he’s younger, and I’m older!”

Fr. Joel asked him, “Tell me—who is older: us or God?”

“What kind of question is that? God, of course!”

“And who was guilty before whom? God before us, or we before God?”

“We were guilty before God!”

“And who made a step towards reconciliation? Did we move towards God or did God come to us?”

“God came to us!”

“And that means?”

“It means… Thank you, Father, you are correct! I will go to my brother first!”

Source:

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