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June 14, 2021

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DG BookGospel: Mt 5:38–42
You have heard that it was said: An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth. But I tell
you this: do not oppose evil with evil; if someone slaps you on your right cheek,
turn and offer the other. If someone sues you in court for your shirt, give him your


coat as well. If someone forces you to go one mile, go two miles with him. Give when asked, and
do not turn your back on anyone who wants to borrow from you.

 

Reflection:

 

It is logical that in the pursuit of justice, what is taken must be returned
back or if not, its equivalent. What is dealt with is to be returned. That is
the law of retaliation. It seeks to restore balance and order by repaying
the disturbance one has done in a measure deemed equal. But Jesus now
is telling us that violence can never be stopped by an act of violence. As
matter of fact, it contributes to greater violence that is perpetuated because
the repayment does not subtract but adds up to the disturbance. The only
way to manage violence is to let it disperse in one’s superior understanding
that it is an energy that thrives and grows stronger when one subscribes to it.
To put a stop to the cycle of violence, one has to sacrifice the urge for revenge
and make a new chapter of peace by leaving behind the pain and hurt that
violence inflicted. This needs spiritual strength. That is why only the true followers
of Jesus can do this.

 

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