March 5, 2021
Lenten Weekday
Living Nonviolence
But the tenants seized the servants and one they beat, another they killed, and a third they stoned.
Matthew 21:35

How violently the tenants acted. Besides beating, stoning and killing his servants, they also killed the owner’s son. This parable prefigures the brutal death of Jesus. But long before being killed by a barbaric crucifixion, Jesus felt the effects of human violence and harsh rejection. He received hostile threats, sarcastic barbs and verbal taunts from those who opposed him. He experienced the unnerving outcome of people whose fear turned on him and chased him out of town.

And yet, Jesus did not respond with similar violence. He “walked his talk,” not only preaching nonviolence, but living it. When Peter sliced off a man’s ear in order to protect him, Jesus insisted the disciple put his sword away. Jesus then healed the man’s ear.

I am reminded that I, too, must avoid revenge. If I follow Jesus, I will cease desiring harm to come to those who insist on being an enemy.

- Sr. Joyce Rupp

Genesis 37:3-4, 12-13a, 17b-28a • Psalm 105:16-21 Matthew 21:33-43, 45-46
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