Posted: 16 Jun 2013 06:47 AM PDT
Today’s Gospel Text: “You have heard that it was said, ‘An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth.’ 39 But I say to you, Do not resist one who is evil. But if any one strikes you on the right cheek, turn to him the other also; 40 and if any one would sue you and take your coat, let him have your cloak as well; 41 and if any one forces you to go one mile, go with him two miles. 42 Give to him who begs from you, and do not refuse him who would borrow from you. Matt 5:38-42
Reflection: These above teaching of Jesus sounds so easy, but literally speaking so difficult to practice or at times even impossible if it is literally interpreted and sought to be practiced.
Yet there have been a few who have been found perfect in practicing it, yet, it is indeed a very high standard set by Jesus Christ for his followers.
The practice of these teachings of Jesus Christ has been rendered all the more difficult in our time when the very followers of Christ have become the instrument of such evil and make demands for justice and a corruption free atmosphere and on the other hand practice the very evil they preach against.
How can anyone not resist evil? They say and logically put forward a proposition for our times: to not resist evil is to promote evil; to not resist injustice is to promote injustice and to not resist corruption is to promote corruption, to not speak out against the evil is to promote evil.
So very true; does it not contradict what Jesus has to teach us?
It requires a serious reflection on the part of the Christians whether to follow the ideals of Christ Jesus, which to the world are no ideals but foolishness or to follow the idealism of the world which is always practiced and is still practiced and is logically and morally tenable in the name of justice, at least to the human eye.
Hence many have raised a cry to achieve the idealistic and are striving to accomplish a kingdom of justice, peace and brotherhood.
It is still a choice before us: whether we listen to God, which in reality means to trust God to accomplish his justice and truth in his time or to trust man.
As someone said: he is slow but never late!
St. Paul extolling the wisdom of God’s working praises the foolishness of God thus: “For the foolishness of God is wiser than men, and the weakness of God is stronger than men. 1 Cor 1:25
Prayer: Lord, we believe that no wisdom, no understanding, no counsel, can avail against you, though the horse is made ready for the day of battle, but the victory belongs to you. (cfr. Prov 21:30-31)