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Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:

June 18, A.D. 2007

Scripture from today's Liturgy of the Word:

2 Corinthians 6:1-10
Psalm 98:1, 2b, 3ab, 3cd-4
Matthew 5:38-42

A reflection on today's Scripture:

If we take the gospel of today out of context, it is a very difficult one to accept.

Some people live by the motto of an "eye for an eye." But Christ said, "Offer no resistance to one who is evil." (see Matthew 5:39) Most of us have had an occasion, if not many, when we would like to or did strike back verbally and/or physically when someone has seemingly done evil to us.

Let us unwrap what went into our reaction. First, we had to judge the person, and is that our role? Do we know why they were acting as they did? And an obvious problem is that once we have become defensive in one way or another, we have solidified a barrier between ourselves and the other person. To later make peace or at least to come to some peaceful resolution, we have to undo that barrier, or else things will become worse.

God knows our human tendencies. We have the Word of God to direct us about this. The first reading for today advises that we are "not to receive the grace of God in vain." (2 Cor. 6:1) Thus we need to recall on such occasions, when we encounter evil, that God has provided the means for us, through grace, to deal with this unfortunate encounter. Let God work through us. It might take some practicing, but God will not fail us. The rest is up to us.

- Joan of Jesus, OCDS

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