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  • Sarah Beth Dippel

PEACE IS THE ANTIDOTE TO EVIL

MONDAY OF THE ELEVENTH WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME





I read this quote by Desmond Tutu this morning, "If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor."


Then I read today's readings.


In the first reading, Naboth would rather suffer injustice than commit any act of sin. In the Gospel, Christ tells us to turn the other cheek, to walk the extra mile, to offer not just our tunic but our cloak as well. "I say to you, offer no resistance to one who is evil." (Matthew 5:39)


Being a disciple of Christ radically alters the way we respond to injustice and evil in our life. We do not answer evil with evil. Never has violence brought about peace and true justice comes from a spirit of peace.


God's love for us is greater than any evil or injustice. Out of love, He has poured out His generous mercy upon you and me; fallen, broken, and flawed sinners. How can we receive that mercy and not return it to our brothers and sisters?


We are not called to be neutral; we are called to live justly and react to injustice with mercy, love, and peace.



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