Get the free
prayloyolamed Prayer App
Apple   

June 16, 2014

Mt 5: 38-42

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.

New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved. http://www.usccb.org/bible/approved-translations

Listening to Jesus

The temptation to “get even” has long been a human weakness. We discovered this “skill” early in our lives and thus we recognize it easily in today’s gospel.  Do we not recall as youngsters having learned through the guidance of parents and the careful direction of teachers that retaliation was wrong and would never bring about a happy ending? Jesus also made that perfectly clear when he quoted the familiar maxim “an eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth” in order to engage his followers in a greater recognition of living in the true Christian spirit. (We understand now that this Old Testament point of law is so often misunderstood.)

Vengeance and resentment must be avoided and replaced by a cheerful response, a willingness to forgive, and the eagerness to be of service. It all adds up to loving our neighbor as we love ourselves – a solid piece of advice from Jesus!  How will I practice this lesson today?

—Sr. Ann Romayne Fallon, O.P. is an Adrian Dominican sister with notable experience in high school and diocesan administration. Currently she provides pastoral ministry to the Dominican community in Adrian MI.

Prayer

Lord, when we have been so hurt, how are we to forgive? When we have been treated with deceit, abandonment, or broken promises how are we to forgive? Lead us toward forgiveness and toward well-being as we take this journey.

—The Jesuit Prayer Team


Please share the Good Word with your friends!

Welcome to prayloyolamed.org!

At Loyola Medicine, “we also treat the human spirit. ®” Inspired by the vision of St. Ignatius of Loyola, founder of the Jesuits and our namesake, we care for our patients as whole people - body, mind and spirit - and seek to be a healing presence in our communities. Whether you are a patient, family member, clinician, chaplain, or student, we invite you to pray these reflections and prayers with us.



    Connect
with us
   

loyolamedicine.org

Submit a Prayer Request

ARCHIVES

SunMonTueWedThuFriSat
    123
18192021222324
252627282930 
       
1234567
891011121314
15161718192021
2930     
       
    123
25262728   
       
  12345
6789101112
       
   1234
262728    
       
       
       
      1
       

June 16, 2014

Mt 5: 38-42

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.

New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved. http://www.usccb.org/bible/approved-translations

Listening to Jesus

The temptation to “get even” has long been a human weakness. We discovered this “skill” early in our lives and thus we recognize it easily in today’s gospel.  Do we not recall as youngsters having learned through the guidance of parents and the careful direction of teachers that retaliation was wrong and would never bring about a happy ending? Jesus also made that perfectly clear when he quoted the familiar maxim “an eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth” in order to engage his followers in a greater recognition of living in the true Christian spirit. (We understand now that this Old Testament point of law is so often misunderstood.)

Vengeance and resentment must be avoided and replaced by a cheerful response, a willingness to forgive, and the eagerness to be of service. It all adds up to loving our neighbor as we love ourselves – a solid piece of advice from Jesus!  How will I practice this lesson today?

—Sr. Ann Romayne Fallon, O.P. is an Adrian Dominican sister with notable experience in high school and diocesan administration. Currently she provides pastoral ministry to the Dominican community in Adrian MI.

Prayer

Lord, when we have been so hurt, how are we to forgive? When we have been treated with deceit, abandonment, or broken promises how are we to forgive? Lead us toward forgiveness and toward well-being as we take this journey.

—The Jesuit Prayer Team


Please share the Good Word with your friends!