First Reading: 1 Kgs 21: 1-16 This is the story about Ahab, king of Samaria, who wanted the vineyard of Naboth, the Jezreelite. Naboth said to Ahab, “The LORD forbid that I should give you my ancestral heritage.”
Responsorial Psalm: Ps 5:2-3ab, 4b-6a
Gospel: Mt 5 Jesus said to his disciples:
These are very difficult readings for me.
In the Gospel story Jesus tells us, “When someone strikes you on your right cheek, turn the other one to him as well….” Is a story that tells me that Jesus is trying to teach us that God’s ways are not our ways.
Jesus, in fulfilling the Scriptures, is once again telling us that He is teaching us that we are to live with a different spirit than what humans may naturally do in reacting to situations in life.
These readings also remind me that God’s will needs to be fulfilled – even though we cannot see the reason why. Mary, Jesus’s mother and our role model, said, “Thy will be done.” She didn’t understand the reason why…but she lived the life she understood God wanted her to live.
Every day we need to remind ourselves that we are to do as Mary did….live the life that we understand God wishes us to lead.
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