Praying in Times of Persecution and Difficulty

Lenten Journey 2015

votive candles purpleReflection based upon: Matt 5:38-45A and the Rule of Benedict 7:35-37

“You have heard that it was said, ‘an eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth’ … But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, so that you may be children of your Father in heaven.”

Humility, as Jesus teaches it here in Matthew’s Gospel points us toward God’s Love and Mercy. Jesus quotes a passage of Leviticus 24:20 where the Israelite were called to moderation in vengeance rather than meeting an offense with an even more serious offense. Jesus calls us here beyond that, by calling for mercy and prayer as responses to an offense rather than retaliation.  This was startling for the people of Jesus’ time and is countercultural for us today as well.  On Saint Benedict’s ladder of humility,the fourth rung is to embrace suffering; being strengthened by it; persevering.  This challenge follows on the heels of rungs 1-3…

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About WalkingwithBenedict

I love how scripture comes alive with messages for our lives today. In praying with scripture, we are called into deeper relationship with God and others. We are called to the growth in love, hospitality, peace, humility, stewardship and hope. St Benedict's Rule provides a lens for how scripture can be lived in our lives today whether we live inside or outside a monastery.
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