June 17 – Monday
Monday of the Eleventh Week in Ordinary Time
Gospel Reading: MT 5:38-42
When Jesus spoke about God’s law, he did something no one had done before. He gave a new standard based not just on the requirements of justice – giving each their due – but based on the law of grace, love, and freedom.
Jesus knew the moral law and its intention better than any jurist or legal expert could imagine. He quoted from Exodus 21:23 the oldest recorded law in the world: If any harm follows, then you shall give life for life, eye for eye, tooth for tooth, hand for hand, foot for foot, burn for burn, wound for wound, stripe for stripe. Such a law today seems cruel, but it was meant to limit vengeance as a first step towards mercy. This law was not normally taken literally but served as a guide for a judge in a law court for assessing punishment and penalty. (see Deuteronomy 19:18).
Prayer: (all together)
Lord Jesus, sustain us with your love that we can give mercy and forgiveness towards those who trespass against us. Amen