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.”
Jesus, just when we think we have it all figured out - you remind us just how radical your love is for us and how you changed us and now ask us to return that love to others - most especially those in our domestic Church/family! Yes, we react to being "wounded" in our relationships when we are called to "turn the other cheek." Give our brother more than he asks for, and go with him the extra mile. Where do we witness this? When we have that family member that is in constant need, and always asking for us to help them out. Never think that we have fulfilled our quota, but give and give and give some more! There is on limit to our love and forgiveness - just as you are endlessly loving us and your unconditional forgiveness is always there to bind our wounds and heal us and bring us back into the fold away from the prowling and ravenous wolf! As the Psalm 5 from mass today -
Hearken to my words, O Lord,
attend to my sighing.
Heed my call for help,
my king and my God!
Lord, listen to my groaning.
This speaks volumes of the humble places we find ourselves when we realize how far we have to go in our Christian LIFE and how weak and sick and sinful we are - it is not much the Lord has to work with, but we place our trust in Him! Jesus, we do trust in you. Amen and Hallelujah