Monday 15 June 2020

About Today Readings

1 Kings 21:1-16. Lord, listen to my groaning – Psalm 5:2-3, 5-7. Matthew 5:38-42.

‘Offer the wicked no resistance’

Jesus’ instruction to his disciples to ‘offer no resistance to one who is evil’ is difficult to accept and understand even today. Much of our ministry as a Church involves challenging people and institutions involved in acts that put the lives of people, particularly the vulnerable, at risk.

In the context of the whole reading, however, we see that Jesus is talking about what happens when our mindset is consumed with vengeance – ‘an eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth’. It grows out of the understanding that committing violence harms the doer as well, even if they think they are serving justice.

Today we pray that we be people of peace, even as we engage with those who might not follow that pathway themselves.

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