Eleventh Monday of Ordinary Time

FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD Eleventh Monday of Ordinary Time June 15, 2020 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. 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. (Matthew 5: 38-42) How shall I live this Word? The law of retaliation born as a need to limit savage revenge and find a fair consideration, has its own justice, but, if we look carefully, it does not solve the problem of evil, on the contrary it doubles it, it leads it to become more sly and domineering . Jesus speaks to us of a shocking justice from the human point of view, a justice that has the flavor of the...

Eleventh Monday of Ordinary Time

  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...