Be Holy ....
'An eye for an eye' is still quoted as justifying retaliation or revenge, yet quite clearly Jesus did not promote this, quite the opposite in fact. He said that we should offer no resistance to the wicked man; we should even allow him to strike us on both cheeks, not just one. are these verses from Matthew's Gospel to be taken literally?
One of the tasks of the Church is to teach her people, and where there is a part of Scripture like today's Gospel. she needs to make sure that we understand what Jesus is saying. In trying to make the point to his disciples, Jesus says that we can never go too far in being a good neighbour. Whatever the situation demands is what we should do, even if this means standing back from a challenge, which might make us look weak. Instead of the clenched fist we use kind words. We should be the first to look for reconciliation not confrontation.
Jesus taught by word and deed. He said:
Learn from me,
for I am gentle and humble of heart.