June 14. “Why did Jesus make such difficult statements, like do not resist one who is evil,” Maysie asked her mother. “Surely if someone hurts me I’ve got a right to defend myself or fight back?” “I agree, Jesus made many difficult statements in this “blueprint” for a new kingdom. We do find it difficult not to take revenge, but he is proposing an ideal society to aim for.”
It is said, “an eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth. I say “Do not resist one who is evil.” If anyone strikes you on the right cheek turn to him the other also and if anyone would see you and take your coat, let him have your cloak as well. Matt 5:38-42.
Pope Francis: The Church wishes with humility and compassion to reach out to families and to help each family to discover the best way to overcome any obstacles it encounters. AL200. I invite everyone to renewed hope, for hope speaks to us of something deeply rooted in every human heart, independently of our circumstances. Hope speaks of a thirst, a longing for a life of fulfillment, a desire to achieve great things, that fill our heart and lift our spirit to lofty realities like truth, goodness and beauty, justice and love. FT 55