MY daily reflection and prayer:
Monday, June 15, 2015
Eleventh Week in Ordinary Time
Dear my friends,
Here is the Gospel for us today according to St. Matthew 5:38-42
Jesus Christ says, “You have heard that it was said, an eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth. But I say to you, offer no resistance to one who is evil. When someone strikes you on your right cheek, turn the other one to him as well. If anyone wants to go to law with you over your tunic, hand him your cloak as well. Should anyone press you into service for one mile, go with him for two miles. Give to the one who asks of you, and do not turn your back on one who wants to borrow.”
This is the Gospel of the Lord. Praise to you Lord Jesus Christ.
In the Gospel today we read Jesus Christ teaches us how we have to treat others, especialy those who mistreat us. He gives us a new standard based not just on the requirements of justice by giving each their due; but based on the law of grace, love, and freedom.
By quoting from the oldest recorded law in the world: If any harm follows, then you shall give life for life, eye for eye, tooth for tooth, hand for hand, foot for foot, burn for burn, wound for wound, stripe for stripe; Jesus Christ gives us the new one. His new perspective is full of references that we must be merciful. We shall love our neighbors as ourselves.
Jesus Christ transforms the law of mercy with grace and loving-kindness. For Jesus, there is no room for hatred and revenge. We must not only avoid returning evil for evil, but we must seek the good of those who wish us grief.
In the Perpetual Adoration of the Eucharist, while worshipping Jesus Christ, we ask grace needed to treat others, not as they deserve, but as God wishes them to be treated with loving-kindness and mercy. We ask that Jesus Christ frees us from hatred and revenge. May he give us the courage to return evil with good.
Let’s pray: Lord Jesus Christ, you have suffered abuse, injustice, and death on a cross for our salvation. May we be merciful towards our neighbors, even those who cause us grief and harm. Fill our hearts with the graces of love, joy, peace, patience, gentleness, faithfulness, and humility. Teach us to love those who hate us that we may be the children of our Father, now and forever. Amen.
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