MONDAY- 11TH WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME -C
I Reading: 2Corinthians 6:1-10: Let us prove we are servants of God.
Gospel: Matthew 5:38-42: I say this to you: offer the wicked man no resistance.
The Real Meaning of the Law Governing Injury
This law has been used and misused, excused and abused down through the centuries. Man has often used the law to treat others as he wished. But Jesus Christ has changed the law. He says that the Christian is not to render evil for evil; he is not to bear a grudge or seek revenge. He must go beyond and forever. However, the Christian has the right to avoid and resist evil for security’s sake (Rom 12:18 for more discussion).
- 1.The law (v.38)
- 2.The real meaning: do not retaliate (v.39)
- 3.The ideal behaviour (v.39-41)
- a.Accept physical injury
- b.Accept property injury
- c.Accept any forced burden
- 1.The great Christian ethic: give (v.42)
Thought: A Christian is not to be a revengeful person. He is not to be known as who holds a grudge.
Revenge consumes. It can eat up a person’s inner being. Submission is sometimes the way to overcome (Pr 25:21-22).