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.
New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved. http://www.usccb.org/bible/approved-translations
If I had a dollar for every time one of my children said, “Mom, that’s not fair”, I would be a wealthy woman indeed! The “tit-for-tat” mindset of children is something that you hope they will grow out of. Yet, unfortunately, this mentality can permeate our spiritual lives in subtle and not so-subtle ways. We live in a highly litigious society where everyone wants their fair share and what is due to them, without regard to how it may impact others. But this “eye for an eye” mentality is constraining and joyless as it binds us to a cycle of action and reaction without ever surprising us with God’s abundant generosity. Jesus points us to a better way. Just as evil begets evil, so too does goodness begets goodness. Give without counting the cost, love without placing limits on yourself or others, and watch God transform your life!
—Julianne Stanz is a speaker, writer and mother of three, originally from Ireland. She currently serves as Director of the New Evangelization for the Diocese of Green Bay, WI.
More than ever I find myself in the hands of God.
This is what I have wanted all my life from my youth.
But now there is a difference;
the initiative is entirely with God.
It is indeed a profound spiritual experience
to know and feel myself so totally in God’s hands.
—Pedro Arrupe, S.J.Please share the Good Word with your friends!