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Matthew 5:38-42

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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 evildoer. But if anyone strikes you on the right cheek, turn the other also; and if anyone 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 everyone who begs from you, and do not refuse anyone who wants to borrow from you."

Matthew 5:38-42
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    • Think about the world as you experience it: where do you notice attitudes that are defensive, reactive and self-protecting; where do you meet surprising generosity, graciousness and hope? To which of these ways of interpreting do you give most attention? Talk to God about how you listen for, hear, receive and express good news.
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    • Jesus seems to call for great courage, asking us to draw deeply on our reserves. He is really asking us to depend on him, to let his spirit come to life.
    • What Jesus suggests would upset the balance of the world; it contradicts the neat arrangements of tidy minds. Help me, Lord, to receive courage and strength to act in unexpected and life-giving ways.
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    • The radical nature of the teaching of Jesus compels us to engage in a positive manner with all those we encounter. The settling of old scores diminishes both parties. Jesus instead is generous when unfair demands are made on him. He simply loves everyone.
    • From today I will try to ignore insult and injury. I will thus become a little bit more like my Lord.
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    • For the Hebrews, the Law was an attempt to moderate vengeance: the punishment should fit the crime, not exceed it. But Jesus went far beyond the accepted norms. He was transforming the law and bringing it to a new level. He tells his startled disciples: ‘Do not retaliate, do not resist, go beyond what is demanded.’ Great generosity of heart is needed for this, and Jesus gives the example.
    • We are called to be generous because we want to be more like Jesus, who ‘though he was rich, yet for your sakes he became poor, so that by his poverty you might become rich’ (2 Cor 8:9). When we are in touch with our own poverty we can do nothing other than allow God’s grace in us to flow uninterruptedly to others.
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    • Lord, you are taking issue with the desire for revenge, which can burn fiercely after an injury. The ancient /Lex Talionis/ (an eye for an eye...) was designed to limit vengeance to a level equal to that of the injury revenged. If I knock out someone's tooth, I pay for it, not with my life, but with a tooth of my own. But you call me to higher virtue: to resent no insult, and to seek retaliation for no slight. The only way I can manage is this is by keeping my eyes on you in your Passion.
    • Go the extra mile’ – a saying which encourages us really to give ourselves for others. This happens regularly in friendship, marriage, parenting. Remember in prayer the people who have gone the extra mile for you. Remember also with thanks the times you went the extra mile. Remember the people you know whose dedication in schools, hospitals, prisons and other places is beyond the call of duty.
    • There are times in life when we let go of some hurt or grievance and try to help someone who has upset us. We don't always see the good effect of this, and may feel let down or even stupid when we do this. We let go the small everyday upsets of family life or in the workplace. Elsewhere, Jesus talks about being sensible and ‘wise as serpents'. Here he says that the first approach to others is to give rather than refuse, to be open rather than shut in.
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    • Lord, you are taking issue with the desire for revenge, which can burn fiercely after an injury. The ancient /Lex Talionis/ (an eye for an eye...) was designed to limit vengeance to a level equal to that of the injury revenged. If I knock out someone's tooth, I pay for it, not with my life, but with a tooth of my own. But you call me to higher virtue: to resent no insult, and to seek retaliation for no slight. The only way I can manage is this is by keeping my eyes on you in your Passion.
    • Go the extra mile’ – a saying which encourages us really to give ourselves for others. This happens regularly in friendship, marriage, parenting. Remember in prayer the people who have gone the extra mile for you. Remember also with thanks the times you went the extra mile. Remember the people you know whose dedication in schools, hospitals, prisons and other places is beyond the call of duty.
    • There are times in life when we let go of some hurt or grievance and try to help someone who has upset us. We don't always see the good effect of this, and may feel let down or even stupid when we do this. We let go the small everyday upsets of family life or in the workplace. Elsewhere, Jesus talks about being sensible and ‘wise as serpents'. Here he says that the first approach to others is to give rather than refuse, to be open rather than shut in.
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    • Lord, you are taking issue with the desire for revenge, which can burn fiercely after an injury. The ancient /Lex Talionis/ (an eye for an eye...) was designed to limit vengeance to a level equal to that of the injury revenged. If I knock out someone's tooth, I pay for it, not with my life, but with a tooth of my own. But you call me to higher virtue: to resent no insult, and to seek retaliation for no slight. The only way I can manage is this is by keeping my eyes on you in your Passion.
    • Go the extra mile’ – a saying which encourages us really to give ourselves for others. This happens regularly in friendship, marriage, parenting. Remember in prayer the people who have gone the extra mile for you. Remember also with thanks the times you went the extra mile. Remember the people you know whose dedication in schools, hospitals, prisons and other places is beyond the call of duty.
    • There are times in life when we let go of some hurt or grievance and try to help someone who has upset us. We don't always see the good effect of this, and may feel let down or even stupid when we do this. We let go the small everyday upsets of family life or in the workplace. Elsewhere, Jesus talks about being sensible and ‘wise as serpents'. Here he says that the first approach to others is to give rather than refuse, to be open rather than shut in.
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    • Lord, you are taking issue with the desire for revenge, which can burn fiercely after an injury. The ancient /Lex Talionis/ (an eye for an eye...) was designed to limit vengeance to a level equal to that of the injury revenged. If I knock out someone's tooth, I pay for it, not with my life, but with a tooth of my own. But you call me to higher virtue: to resent no insult, and to seek retaliation for no slight. The only way I can manage is this is by keeping my eyes on you in your Passion.
    • Go the extra mile’ – a saying which encourages us really to give ourselves for others. This happens regularly in friendship, marriage, parenting. Remember in prayer the people who have gone the extra mile for you. Remember also with thanks the times you went the extra mile. Remember the people you know whose dedication in schools, hospitals, prisons and other places is beyond the call of duty.
    • There are times in life when we let go of some hurt or grievance and try to help someone who has upset us. We don't always see the good effect of this, and may feel let down or even stupid when we do this. We let go the small everyday upsets of family life or in the workplace. Elsewhere, Jesus talks about being sensible and ‘wise as serpents'. Here he says that the first approach to others is to give rather than refuse, to be open rather than shut in.