Monday 19 June 2017

About Today Readings

(St Romuald).
2 Corinthians 6:1-10. Psalms 97(98):1-4. Matthew 5:38-42.

The Lord has made known his salvation — Psalms 97(98):1-4.

‘If someone hits you on the right cheek, offer the other as well.’

Lord, you said some outrageous things, but today is one of the most outrageous. However, when they hit you, you did not do that: instead you challenged them verbally. So we cannot take you too literally or exclude other considerations. If we did, what would happen to truth, justice, the right of self-defence and the courage to fight for a just cause?

Lord, help us to understand. You effectively turned the other cheek by telling Peter to put away his  sword, by not castigating those contriving your death. Turning the other cheek must mean, at least, suffering evil done to us without a resistance motivated by what is evil, resentment, vengefulness or hatred, or just our own self-interest.

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