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Monday of the Eleventh Week in Ordinary Time (YEAR 2013)

Psalm 68:4-5Sing to God, sing praise to his name, extol him who rides on the clouds - his name is the Lord - and rejoice before him. A father to the fatherless, a defender of widows, is God in his holy dwelling.
Prayer ...
Heavenly Father, may our life, our compassion and our ministry reflect your heart for those who need care and protection and love. Give us eyes to see this need more clearly and a heart to respond more certainly so that your love may be established through us. In the precious name of Jesus we pray. Amen.
Today's Readings ... (June 17, 2013)
Day: Monday of the Eleventh Week in Ordinary Time (YEAR 2013)
First Reading: 2 Cor 6:1-10
Responsorial Psalm: Psalm 98:1, 2b, 3ab, 3cd-4
Second Reading: Nil
Gospel: Matthew 5:38-42
Lectionary: 365
Colour: Green
Listen to Reading:
Scripture: Matthew 5:38-42
38"You have heard that it was said, `An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth.' 39But I say to you, Do not resist one who is evil. But if any one strikes you on the right cheek, turn to him the other also; 40 and if any one would sue you and take your coat, let him have your cloak as well; 41 and if any one forces you to go one mile, go with him two miles. 42 Give to him who begs from you, and do not refuse him who would borrow from you.
Meditation on Today's Scripture:
Jesus does something quite extraordinary and unheard of. He transforms the law of mercy with grace, patience, and loving-kindness. Jesus also makes clear that there is no room for revenge. We must not only avoid returning evil for evil, but we must seek the good of those who wish us ill. Do we accept insults, as Jesus did, with no anger or malice? When you are compelled by others to do more than you think you merit, do we insist on our rights, or do we respond with grace and cheerfulness? O compassionate God, fill our hearts, we pray, with the graces of your Holy Spirit; with love, joy, peace, endurance, gentleness, goodness, faithfulness, humility, and self-discipline. Teach us to love those who hate us; to pray for those who despitefully use us; that we may be the children of your love, our Father, who makes the sun to rise on the wickedness and the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust. In hardship grant us grace to be patient; in prosperity keep us humble; may we guard the door of our lips; may we calmly esteem the happiness of this world, and thirst after heavenly things; through Jesus Christ our Lord.


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