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Monday, June 16, 2014

Monday of the Eleventh Week in Ordinary Time

“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.” (Matthew 5: 38-42)

This scripture can be difficult to put into context in our daily lives. “Offer no resistance to the evildoer,” is difficult to understand. Does this mean that we should let people walk all over us? Should we let people take advantage of us?

I think that this scripture means that we ultimately put our faith and trust in God. Whether it is to let God be the judge and vindicator for another’s acts upon us or that we simply trust God’s viewpoint and image of us over what another may say or do against us. Simply put, our trust and faith should be centered and anchored around God.

I think in the ever-increasing competitive world of health care, it is easy to get into a tit-for-tat environment. It is easy to fall prey to paying so much attention to what others may be doing that we lose sight of what is most important: who are we. Or maybe more important whose are we and therefore how should we conduct ourselves in our healthcare ministry.

Amidst all the chaos in the world today and in particular in our industry, I think we must condition ourselves to see that Christ is standing next to us, and He is unfazed. Put our trust and faith in Him, and we never have to worry what others think, say or do.

Ever-present and loving God,

wash Your Holy Spirit over us

as we look to future of uncertainty and change

and help us remember Your promise, “I will never leave or forsake You.”


Todd Forkel
President & CEO, Avera St. Luke's Hospital

1 KINGS 21:1-16 • PSALM 5:2-3AB, 4B-6A, 6B-7 • MATTHEW 5:38-42

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