V/. Adoramus te, Christe, et benedicimus tibi.
From the Gospel according to Saint Luke
While Jesus was still speaking, there came a crowd, and the
man called Judas, one of the twelve, was leading them. He drew near to Jesus
to kiss him; but Jesus said to him, “Judas, would you betray the Son of man
with a kiss?” And when those who were about him saw what would follow, they
said, “Lord, shall we strike with the sword?” And one of them struck the
slave of the high priest and cut off his right ear.
It is one of his trusted friends that betrays Jesus, and with a kiss. The way Jesus confronted violence has a message for our times. Violence is suicidal, he tells Peter: it is not defeated by more violence, but by a superior spiritual energy that reaches out in the form of healing love. Jesus touches the High Priest’s slave and heals him. The violent man today too may need a healing touch that comes from a love that transcends the immediate issues.
In times of conflict between persons, ethnic and religious groups, nations,
economic and political interests, Jesus says, confrontation and violence are not
the answer, but love, persuasion and reconciliation. Even when we
seem to fail in such efforts, we plant the seeds of peace which will bear fruit
in due time. The rightness of our cause is our strength.
Lord Jesus, you consider us your friends, yet we notice traces of infidelity in ourselves. We acknowledge our transgressions. We are presumptuous at times and over-confident. And we fall. Let not avarice, lust or pride take us by surprise. How thoughtlessly do we fly after ephemeral satisfactions and untested ideas! Grant that we may not be tossed to and fro and carried about by every wind of doctrine… but speaking the truth in love, grow up in every way into Christ the head. 
May truth and sincerity of purpose be our strength. Restrain, Lord, our impetuosity in situations of violence, as you restrained Peter’s impulsive character. Keep us unruffled in spirit before opposition and unfair treatment. Convince us that “A gentle answer quiets anger” in our families, and that “gentleness” combined with “wisdom” restores tranquillity in society. “Lord, make me an instrument of Your peace.” 
 Cf. Eph 4:14-15.
 Cf. Jas 5:10-11a.
 Prov 15:1.
 Cf. Prov 31:26.
 Attributed to Saint Francis of Assisi.
Pater noster, qui es in cælis:
Cuius animam gementem,
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