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Monday, June 13, 2005

Thoughts on Monday's Gospel

MT 5:38-42

Jesus tells us to avoid responding with evil for evil. It seems that we, however, live in a climate of fear that emphasizes security and safety over openness and cooperation. We have difficulty trusting anyone but ourselves and are quick to tolerate laws and restrictions just so that we might be safe. Jesus calls us out of our fear becuase if I am afraid it is likely that the one of whom I am afraid is also afraid and as we build up walls of protection we also build up walls of suspicion because I wonder what is going on behind other's walls and wonder if it might be threatening to me.

It is difficult but necessary to tear down these walls, to use that energy and that material from the building of wall to the building of bridges.


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