[In Gethsemane] Jesus rejects violence as the means to deal with conflict and confrontation. “No more of this!” he cries out after violence is tried. Love of enemies is hard to practice when weapons hold the day. But Jesus bids us here to something deeper than deciding whether to brandish arms in the face of enemies. The challenge is to reconstitute the way we think and speak and react to those with whom we are in conflict. He summons us to be more creative in facing opposition than resorting to character assassination and gossip that fights fire with fire and leaves us all with burns on our hands and spirits. The challenge is to reject policies and practices that promote or ignore violence not only in society but also in our families and neighborhoods.
—John Indermark, Gospeled Lives: Encounters with Jesus, A Lenten Study (Upper Room Books, 2008)
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When those who were around him saw what was coming, they asked, “Lord, should we strike with the sword?” Then one of them struck the slave of the high priest and cut off his right ear. But Jesus said, “No more of this!” And he touched his ear and healed him.
—Luke 22:49-51 (NRSV)
Prayer for the Week
Holy One, challenge me today to see the world as you see it. Challenge me to seek your way and to not settle for what might be the norm.
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