Monday 15 June

Today is Monday the 15 June, in the Eleventh Week of Ordinary Time.  

Salt of the Sound sing, ‘I Need Thee Every Hour.’ Take a moment to become still now and become aware of God’s gaze of love upon you…  

Today’s reading is from the Gospel of Matthew.  

 Matthew 5:38-42  

Jesus said to his disciples: “You have heard that it was said, ‘An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth.’  But I say to you, Do not resist an evildoer. But if anyone strikes you on the right cheek, turn the other also; and if anyone wants to sue you and take your coat, give your cloak as well; and if anyone forces you to go one mile, go also the second mile. Give to everyone who begs from you, and do not refuse anyone who wants to borrow from you.”

These sayings of Jesus from the Sermon on the Mount are tough. As I listened to that reading from Matthew’s Gospel, what was my instinctive response?    

Were any of these sayings realistic for me?  Do any of the day to day guidelines I follow resemble the words of Jesus?  

Listen to the reading again with these thoughts in your mind if they are helpful to you.  

If I witness or experience any kind of violence in my life, what do I want to ask of God, to help me deal with it? 

Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit. As it was in the beginning is now and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.