St. Martin and the Beggar (image source)
• collect/opening prayer reflection for February 20 and week following (NZPB & BCP-TEC)
• collect/opening prayer reflection for February 20 and week following (Common Worship CofE)
To be struck on the right cheek (Mt 5:39) means one has been hit with the back of the right hand or the front of the (toileting) left hand. This was a humiliation. As was to be successfully sued in court. To hand over your coat was bad enough – to give the cloak in which you slept… Soldiers were often traitorous mercenaries. It was humiliating, but they could demand you carry their military gear for a mile.
The Mediterranean understanding of love was as attachment to the group and hate is the opposite.
I recently introduced you to the Rev. Dr. Howard Pilgrim, my colleague and friend, and his relatively new resource WaiapuAcademy.org. Here is his introduction to this coming Sunday:
Please add your own reflections, suggestions of hymns, etc.