Here is today’s Gospel reading, from St Matthew: ‘You have heard that it was said, “An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth.” But 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; and if anyone would sue you and take your coat, let him have your cloak as well; and if any one forces you to go one mile, go with him two miles. Give to him who begs from you, and do not refuse him who would borrow from you’.
In the fourth degree of humility, St Benedict writes: ‘Moreover, in adversities and injuries they patiently fulfil the Lord’s commands: when struck on one cheek they offer the other, when robbed of their tunic they surrender also their cloak, when forced to go a mile they go two, with the apostle Paul they bear with false brethren, and they bless those that curse them’.
Here, we are reminded of the Lord in His Passion: before His enemies, He was silent, He offered no resistance, and on the Cross He prayed for them: ‘Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do’.
May we too follow the path of humility with our Lord, each step of the way, and may He bless us this day.