Quotations:

I am with you always until the end of this world - Jesus (Matthew 28:20).

Preach the Word in season and out of season reproving, rebuking or advising always with patience and providing instructions (2 Timothy 4:2).

Do not fear, Mary, for God has looked kindly on you (Luke 1:30).

Anything worth doing is worth doing poorly. - G. K. Chesterton

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Monday, June 13, 2016

Reflection for June 13, Monday; Saint Anthony of Padua, Priest and Doctor; Matthew 5:38-42

Gospel: Matthew 5:38-42
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.
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Reflection:
Do you know that exacting revenge against someone who did you wrong will not do you any good? For example you discovered that your spouse was unfaithful to you and you get back at her/him by being unfaithful as well. Do you know that you’re only enveloping yourself with sin?

There’s a psychological study that says that when a person is at the height of his anger he momentarily loses his rationality that’s why he/she commits sin that is unthinkable for him/her to do. After which he/she gains his/her rationality but it’s already late because sin has already been committed.

In the gospel passage Jesus told the disciples: “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 (Matthew 5:39-41).

Jesus did not retaliate for all the punishments and insults that the Jews and roman soldiers did to Him, He was always meek and humble. May we always be meek and humble also to those who sin against us most especially sins inside the marriage covenant.

May we learn to turn the other cheek, hand our cloak and learn to walk some more miles for the sake of peace and eventual harmony inside the marriage covenant.

Instead of retaliating with the betrayal of the marriage covenant which will only make us sin. Why not engage in dialogue, prayer and forgiveness? – Marino J. Dasmarinas  

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