Posted by: livingscripture | June 15, 2015

Eleventh Monday in Ordinary Time

From the Word of the Day

“But I say to you, offer no resistance to one who is evil.”         (Mark 5: 39)

How should we live this Wordimage047- creation

 This week, Matthew’s Gospel leads us to reflect on the Beatitudes with the Discourse on the Mountain.  We will see how these are connected to our daily life without paradoxes but rather with wise words that enliven our sentiments, attitudes, and behavior.  But, what does the above quoted passage mean?  Let us connect it with the idea of beatitude which means to be blessed, happy.  Not resisting evil is a way to be happy, to live the Word of God well.

Yes, but how do we do this?  First of all, we believe that good is stronger than evil, without seeing this latter everywhere or living to study strategic confrontations in its regard.  Rather, we study positive approaches to evil, like turning the other cheek, not through cowardice, acquiescence, or servility, but because evil already has its fate.  Evil people can free themselves from their attitude and become benevolent, even when they present themselves as unjust, pretentious, and insolent.

We cannot separate the wheat from the weeds because by eliminating the one, we pull out the other as well.  Yes, we resist by being vigilant and by allowing benevolence to express itself in words, gestures, silence to the heart of evil people, indicating to them the way of freedom.  We do not oppose them, but if possible, we walk beside them.

In my pause for silent contemplation, I will ask Jesus to help me face evil following His way of praying for them and for their conversion to the good.

Lord, do not allow the presence of evil to become an obsession in my life or lead me to desperation.  Help me to see the good and recognize it as more powerful than evil.

 The Voice of Gandhi

The principle of non-violent action is non-collaboration with all that prefers to humiliate.

 

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