The Lord God has given me the tongue of a teacher, that I may know how to sustain the weary with a word. Morning by morning he wakens— wakens my ear to listen as those who are taught. The Lord God has opened my ear, and I was not rebellious, I did not turn backward. I gave my back to those who struck me, and my cheeks to those who pulled out the beard; I did not hide my face from insult and spitting. The Lord God helps me; therefore I have not been disgraced; therefore I have set my face like flint, and I know that I shall not be put to shame; he who vindicates me is near. Who will contend with me? Let us stand up together. Who are my adversaries? Let them confront me. It is the Lord God who helps me; who will declare me guilty? All of them will wear out like a garment; the moth will eat them up.
Food For Thought:
This is a strong passage about turning the other cheek. What do you think it means to turn the other cheek? What are some of the most difficult situations to turn the other cheek on?
Merciful God, your strength and courage pour forth to sustain the witness of your faithful people.
Awaken in us the humility to serve wherever creation is broken and in need, that we may follow in the way of our brother, Jesus. May we die, as he did, to all that separates us from you, and with him be raised to new life. In your sacred name we pray, Amen.