Friday, February 10, 2023

Augustine: the other cheek

Friday, February 10, 2023
    Commemoration of Scholastica, Abbess of Plombariola, c.543
    [Jesus:] “If someone strikes you on one cheek, turn to him the other also. If someone takes your cloak, do not stop him from taking your tunic... But love your enemies, do good to them, and lend to them without expecting to get anything back. Then your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High, because he is kind to the ungrateful and wicked.”
    —Luke 6:29,35 (NIV)
    Many have learned how to offer the other cheek, but do not know how to love him by whom they are struck.
    ... St. Augustine of Hippo (354-430), from “Our Lord’s Sermon on the Mount,” in A Select Library of the Nicene and Post-Nicene Fathers of the Christian Church, v. VI, Philip Schaff, ed., New York: Christian Literature Company, 1888, I.58, p. 26 (see the book)
    See also Luke 6:29,35; Ex. 23:4-5; Ps. 57:7; Pr. 25:21-22; Lam. 3:30; Matt. 5:39,44-45; Rom. 12:14,20-21; 1 Cor. 4:12-13; 1 Pet. 2:20-23; 3:9
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, drive away all resentment that blocks Your love.
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