FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD
11th Monday of Ordinary Time
June 17, 2019
WORD of the DAY
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. (Matthew 5: 38-40)
How shall I live this Word?
The discourse of Jesus is demanding and very far from the rules of the world, from the law of retaliation, which has always seemed to want to regulate justice. Regardless of the hostility His statements will bring Him, the Master instead opens the path of mercy. And He proposes an alphabet concretized in some actions that can overcome evil with good: do not oppose the wicked. The first rule is in fact to oppose evil and not those who perform it. If one hits you on the right cheek, give him the other: availability and tolerance. To those who want to take your tunic, leave your cloak as well: give up your right. And again, accept to walk a piece of the road with those who usually annoy you and criticize you. In short, devoid of what is yours or is due to you, and you will be closer to the Son of Man, who ‘stripped Himself’ for our salvation.
The Voice of Silvano Fausti, Biblist
Jesus proposes and gives the new economy of love that overcomes that of egoism. It places itself in a different perspective, that of the “excessive” justice of the Father. Only this overcomes evil. In the background there is the cross of the Son of man who bears the evil of His brothers and sisters, and thus accomplishes all righteousness.
Daughters of Mary Help of Christians, Via dell’Ateneo Salesiano 81, 00139 Rome, Italy
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