May the word of the Lord fill you with love and bring you peace.

St. Anthony the Abbot

Learn more about St. Anthony of Padua: http://www.catholic.org/saints/saint.php?saint_id=24

 Link to today’s readings: http://usccb.org/bible/readings/061316.cfm

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, 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.”

Jesus wants us to be calm in the face of evil, to not strike back when someone does you wrong. We must face those who mean to hurt us and show them that Christ is bigger than they are, by being bigger than they are. Look at the martyrs of old and of today. They faced death but did not retaliate. They faced death and did not deny Jesus. Why do we get so upset with the little things that happen to us? Why do we insist on getting even? Why do we insist on using God to revenge our hurts?

Prayer: Heavenly Father, I am sorry for the times I felt the need to get even for a wrong committed against me. Help me to remember that you call me to be your peace, in Jesus’ holy name, Amen!

Lord, listen to my groaning.

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