June 17, Monday Weekday
The Lord has made known his salvation. — Psalm 98:2
Mass Readings: 2 Corinthians 6:1-10/Matthew 5:38-42
Not Really Opposites
I remember having to read A Tale of Two Cities in high school. As you may recall, Dickens’ novel begins: “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times.” Huh? He then goes on to list other opposites — which I also didn’t understand — until the teacher explained he was talking about London and Paris.
The final verse in today’s first reading is similar: “We are . . . treated as having nothing and yet possessing all things.” That one of the paradoxes — seeming contradictions — of the cross. Jesus was a failure who had nothing. Jesus was a success and the Son of God. The first description is in the eyes of the world. The second is the view from eternal love. From Love itself. It’s our faith that helps us focus our lives on what matters. On what lasts.
Prayer: Heavenly Father, help me see others, and myself, as You see us.
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