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Monday of the Eleventh Week in Ordinary Time

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Gospel text (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, offer no resistance to one who is evil. When someone strikes you on your right cheek, turn the other one to him as well. " 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.”

Illustration: Francesc Badia

Today Jesus' words disapprove "revenge." How bad sounds the saying 'an eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth'! -If you hit me, get ready because ... How ugly! Unfortunately these are not things of the past: there are wars -even in families- that never end because there is no forgiveness.

"How do things look from the sky?" With mercy! God acts with infinite patience: look at Him, there you have it, on the Cross. His answer is forgiveness. So, if you want peace, you already know...