June 15, 2020 | Extending Charity

Leader: Hearken to my words, O Lord, attend to my sighing.

Psalm 145: 13b-14
Reader 1: The Lord is faithful in all his words and holy in all his works.
Reader 2: The Lord lifts all who are falling and raises up all who are bowed down.

Reading – Matthew 5: 38-42
Reader 3: Jesus said to his disciples: “You have heard that it was said. ‘An eye for an eye
and a tooth for a tooth.’ But I say to you, offer no resistance to one who is evil.
When someone strikes you on your right cheek, turn the other one to him as well.
If anyone wants to go to law with you over your tunic, hand him your cloak as
well. Should anyone press you into service for one mile, go with him for two
miles. Give to the one who asks of you, and do not turn your back on one who
wants to borrow.”

Reflection:
Leader: Jesus’ teaching on the Law of Moses challenges the well-known saying “An eye
for an eye and a tooth for tooth.” The original aim of this teaching was “to limit
revenge. . . to an exact reciprocity so that punishment was not unjust. While the
Mosaic Law rectified the wrongdoing, it didn’t change the wrongdoer or the
wronged. Jesus is teaching a way of love and forgiveness. The grace in this new
interpretation of the law is God’s grace to reconcile one another. With this grace,
negative actions are transformed into acts of charity. “Going the extra mile” has
become a modern day saying about extending charity toward others.

Intentional Prayer
Leader: In your loving kindness, O God, hear us:
All: Gracious God, hear our prayer.
Reader 1: For CommonSpirit to unite to put an end to violence, we pray to the Lord:
All: Gracious God, hear our prayer.
Reader 2: That the peace of God take root within our hostile world, we pray to the Lord:
All: Gracious God, hear our prayer.
Reader 3: That the victims of violence find justice and security, we pray to the Lord:
All: Gracious God, hear our prayer.
Reader 4: That we be willing to seek and forgive when we are injured by others, we pray to the Lord:
All: Lord, hear our prayer.
All: Personal Petitions:

The Lord’s Prayer
Reader 3: Our Father …

Closing Prayer
Reader 4: God, we turn to you in times of distress for we need your tender mercy. Bestow
on us, in those times, the virtue of patience and the desire for reconciliation. Let
your love embrace us that we might live in you and in Jesus Christ, your Son, who
lies and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit. Through Christ our Lord.
Amen.

Leader: Hearken to my words, O Lord, attend to my sighing.

Peace be with you all and have a wonderful week!