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Posted: June 19, 2017 by CatholicJules in Life's Journeys, Meditations

On Today’s Gospel 

Posted: June 19, 2017 by CatholicJules in Personal Thoughts & Reflections


A disciple of our Lord Jesus Christ rejoices even when faced with challenges and trials for it is a call to greater Holiness.

Christians are called therefore to higher standards. Our faith must rise beyond the shallow waters. There are no longer good times or bad times for all things are in our Lord’s time.

So we set our face as flint amidst mockery and abuse for our strength is in the Lord. We heed His call to perform corporal and spiritual acts of mercy. Then we can proclaim Him as Lord of our lives. Amen

First reading
2 Corinthians 6:1-10

As his fellow workers, we beg you once again not to neglect the grace of God that you have received. For he says: At the favourable time, I have listened to you; on the day of salvation I came to your help. Well, now is the favourable time; this is the day of salvation.
We do nothing that people might object to, so as not to bring discredit on our function as God’s servants. Instead, we prove we are servants of God by great fortitude in times of suffering: in times of hardship and distress; when we are flogged, or sent to prison, or mobbed; labouring, sleepless, starving. We prove we are God’s servants by our purity, knowledge, patience and kindness; by a spirit of holiness, by a love free from affectation; by the word of truth and by the power of God; by being armed with the weapons of righteousness in the right hand and in the left, prepared for honour or disgrace, for blame or praise; taken for impostors while we are genuine; obscure yet famous; said to be dying and here are we alive; rumoured to be executed before we are sentenced; thought most miserable and yet we are always rejoicing; taken for paupers though we make others rich, for people having nothing though we have everything.

Gospel
Matthew 5:38-42

Jesus said, ‘You have learnt how it was said: Eye for eye and tooth for tooth. But I say this to you: offer the wicked man no resistance. On the contrary, if anyone hits you on the right cheek, offer him the other as well; if a man takes you to law and would have your tunic, let him have your cloak as well. And if anyone orders you to go one mile, go two miles with him. Give to anyone who asks, and if anyone wants to borrow, do not turn away.’