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Matthew 5:38-42

The Word of God

"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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    • Jesus teaches non-violence against the person, but does not rule out moral victory over evil. In my prayer I will ask God for the grace to stand up for what is right.
    • It would be next to impossible to help every person we meet begging in the street. But I could pray for God’s grace to be a more generous and less judgemental person.
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    • How is it to read these lines? However, it is let this be the focus of my chat with Jesus.
    • Have I ever been able to act out these suggestions of Jesus? How was it for me. Do I even want to behave in such a way. Talk to Jesus about this.
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    • The law and duty will provide basic guidelines but won't be enough for a disciple and certainly not enough for one who wants to be a friend of Jesus. Where do I need more generosity or freedom to respond to the vision that Jesus put before me?
    • To answer violence with violence or unreasonable demands with resistance is to do the expected thing. Jesus calls me to imagine my life differently and thus prompt others to see themselves anew.
    • Do I use laws and rules to protect my security or to promote justice for others?
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    • This is a hard one: to offer the wicked no resistance, but turn the other cheek. Where will it leave us? I think of Belloc’s couplet: /Pale Ebeneezer thought it wrong to fight, But Battling Bill who killed him thought it right./
    • What do you mean by it, Lord? I watched when your face was slapped before the high priest Caiaphas. You answered calmly: /If I have spoken rightly, why do you strike me?/ Your resistance was moral, not physical or violent. That calls for greater courage and strength than taking up arms: Gandhi, not Cromwell.
    • I try to listen to these words of Jesus not as law-giving, perhaps not even as a sermon, but as a message that is given for my freedom. Jesus wants me to be free of limits that I may have set upon myself by imagining others wrongly. I pray that attitudes and actions may change by my acting in the freedom that Jesus gives.
    • I often look to God for what I want and often receive what I need. I think of how I might be generous to those who look to me.
    • Jesus calls us to look beyond the limit of the law. We need to be generous and imaginative if we are to rise beyond the restrictions that life presents.
    • I think of how I might be free from the constraints I find by acting from a generous spirit. I ask God to inspire and help me.
    • The law and duty will provide basic guidelines but won't be enough for a disciple and certainly not enough for one who wants to be a friend of Jesus. Where do I need more generosity or freedom to respond to the vision that Jesus put before me?
    • To answer violence with violence or unreasonable demands with resistance is to do the expected thing. Jesus calls me to imagine my life differently and thus prompt others to see themselves anew.
    • Do I use laws and rules to protect my security or to promote justice for others?
  • Some thoughts on today's scripture

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    • This is a hard one: to offer the wicked no resistance, but turn the other cheek. Where will it leave us? I think of Belloc’s couplet: /Pale Ebeneezer thought it wrong to fight, But Battling Bill who killed him thought it right./
    • What do you mean by it, Lord? I watched when your face was slapped before the high priest Caiaphas. You answered calmly: /If I have spoken rightly, why do you strike me?/ Your resistance was moral, not physical or violent. That calls for greater courage and strength than taking up arms: Gandhi, not Cromwell.
    • I try to listen to these words of Jesus not as law-giving, perhaps not even as a sermon, but as a message that is given for my freedom. Jesus wants me to be free of limits that I may have set upon myself by imagining others wrongly. I pray that attitudes and actions may change by my acting in the freedom that Jesus gives.
    • I often look to God for what I want and often receive what I need. I think of how I might be generous to those who look to me.
    • Jesus calls us to look beyond the limit of the law. We need to be generous and imaginative if we are to rise beyond the restrictions that life presents.
    • I think of how I might be free from the constraints I find by acting from a generous spirit. I ask God to inspire and help me.
    • The law and duty will provide basic guidelines but won't be enough for a disciple and certainly not enough for one who wants to be a friend of Jesus. Where do I need more generosity or freedom to respond to the vision that Jesus put before me?
    • To answer violence with violence or unreasonable demands with resistance is to do the expected thing. Jesus calls me to imagine my life differently and thus prompt others to see themselves anew.
    • Do I use laws and rules to protect my security or to promote justice for others?
  • Some thoughts on today's scripture

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    • This is a hard one: to offer the wicked no resistance, but turn the other cheek. Where will it leave us? I think of Belloc’s couplet: /Pale Ebeneezer thought it wrong to fight, But Battling Bill who killed him thought it right./
    • What do you mean by it, Lord? I watched when your face was slapped before the high priest Caiaphas. You answered calmly: /If I have spoken rightly, why do you strike me?/ Your resistance was moral, not physical or violent. That calls for greater courage and strength than taking up arms: Gandhi, not Cromwell.
    • I try to listen to these words of Jesus not as law-giving, perhaps not even as a sermon, but as a message that is given for my freedom. Jesus wants me to be free of limits that I may have set upon myself by imagining others wrongly. I pray that attitudes and actions may change by my acting in the freedom that Jesus gives.
    • I often look to God for what I want and often receive what I need. I think of how I might be generous to those who look to me.
    • Jesus calls us to look beyond the limit of the law. We need to be generous and imaginative if we are to rise beyond the restrictions that life presents.
    • I think of how I might be free from the constraints I find by acting from a generous spirit. I ask God to inspire and help me.
    • The law and duty will provide basic guidelines but won't be enough for a disciple and certainly not enough for one who wants to be a friend of Jesus. Where do I need more generosity or freedom to respond to the vision that Jesus put before me?
    • To answer violence with violence or unreasonable demands with resistance is to do the expected thing. Jesus calls me to imagine my life differently and thus prompt others to see themselves anew.
    • Do I use laws and rules to protect my security or to promote justice for others?
  • Some thoughts on today's scripture

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    • This is a hard one: to offer the wicked no resistance, but turn the other cheek. Where will it leave us? I think of Belloc’s couplet: /Pale Ebeneezer thought it wrong to fight, But Battling Bill who killed him thought it right./
    • What do you mean by it, Lord? I watched when your face was slapped before the high priest Caiaphas. You answered calmly: /If I have spoken rightly, why do you strike me?/ Your resistance was moral, not physical or violent. That calls for greater courage and strength than taking up arms: Gandhi, not Cromwell.
    • I try to listen to these words of Jesus not as law-giving, perhaps not even as a sermon, but as a message that is given for my freedom. Jesus wants me to be free of limits that I may have set upon myself by imagining others wrongly. I pray that attitudes and actions may change by my acting in the freedom that Jesus gives.
    • I often look to God for what I want and often receive what I need. I think of how I might be generous to those who look to me.
    • Jesus calls us to look beyond the limit of the law. We need to be generous and imaginative if we are to rise beyond the restrictions that life presents.
    • I think of how I might be free from the constraints I find by acting from a generous spirit. I ask God to inspire and help me.
    • The law and duty will provide basic guidelines but won't be enough for a disciple and certainly not enough for one who wants to be a friend of Jesus. Where do I need more generosity or freedom to respond to the vision that Jesus put before me?
    • To answer violence with violence or unreasonable demands with resistance is to do the expected thing. Jesus calls me to imagine my life differently and thus prompt others to see themselves anew.
    • Do I use laws and rules to protect my security or to promote justice for others?