Eleventh Monday of Ordinary Time

 FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD Monday June 18, 2018      Week Eleven of Ordinary Time   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? Today’s text of Matthew’s Gospel, together with the passage of tomorrow which is its continuation, is part of the famous “Discourse of the mountain” that is the essence of the moral message of Jesus. Unfortunately, in our human nature is inscribed an ancient law that sounds like this: every evil action against us must correspond to another appropriate reaction of the same order (“An eye for an eye and...