The Freedom of the Father’s Children

Matthew 5:38-48

“Jesus said to the crowds: ‘You have heard that it was said, ‘An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth’.

But I say to you, Do not resist an evil doer. But if anyone strikes you on the right cheek, turn the other also; and if any one wants to sue you and take your coat, give your cloak as well; and if anyone forces you to go one mile, go also the second mile. Give to anyone who begs from you, and do not refuse anyone who wants to borrow from you.. .”

The principle of an eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth served to prevent excessive retaliation for an offense. But Jesus wants no retaliation at all. Instead  he looks for a generosity of spirit that forgives the offender and returns good for evil.

Discord and hate have come out in full force on all sides throughout the world, and in our communities.

Today as we walk in prayer for immigrants and against the death penalty we pray that people begin reflecting on how  God  pours out his gifts of grace, love, mercy, and peace, on all of us, just as he sends the rain on the good and the bad. As the rain comes down today on us let us remember all creatures share it, and God calls all of us in the sharing of that rain,  to share of our love, mercy, grace, and peace to all–to walk in openness with love for all creation.

Come Join us At:

Earl Warren Supreme Court Building

350 McAllister Street

San Francisco, CA

Noon-1:00 p.m.

For

“Building Bridges Not Walls”

Bring your Umbrellas,

Open Them Up In Love and Peace

Franciscans Against the Death Penalty

Fr. River Damien Sims, sfw

P.O. Box 642656

San Francisco, CA 94164

415-710-8709

Deo Gratias! Thanks be to God!