Sunday, December 15, 2019

An Eye for an Eye and a Tooth for a Tooth – Matthew 5:38-39

Jesus said to his disciples:
38“You have heard that it was said, An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth.
39But I say to you, offer no resistance to one who is evil. When someone strikes you on your right cheek, turn the other one to him as well.

Matthew 5:38-39

Catholic Readings for Today

Today’s Morning Prayer

Today’s Bible Quote of the Day Inspiration – Matthew 5:38-39

Today, Jesus Christ has a very imprtant lesson for us. It is a lesson that most of us find hard to understand and practice in normal every day to day life.

Imagine someone maliciously punching you hard on the cheek and instead of defending yourself and responding in kind, you turn and advice him/her to hit you again on the other side!

Our verse of the day today is teaching us exactly that, not on the face value of it, but it teaches us that two wrongs don’t make a right.

Jesus is trying to tell us that you cannot fight evil with evil. Evil is defeated by God’s Goodness and Love. Today, Jesus is teaching us about the power of love.

You know, love is a very powerful thing that pacifies all evil thoughts in human beings. When I say all, I mean all. Jesus tells us that if you want to solve all problems with your neighbour use love.

I mean, speak with love, caution with love, rebuke with love, etc. It means if your neighbour has wronged you, don’t let your anger overcome you, make sure you communicate your displeasure but leave the situation solved with no hatred or hard feelings between you both.

Have you ever realized that when someone wrongs you and you tell him/her that you leave the punishment to the Lord, he/she reflects consciously for a few seconds before responding? Then begins to retort back at you in fear of being regarded as a loser. If you respond in kind to him/her more anger and hatred begins to build up and can spiral out of proportion. At this point, you are supposed to use more positive talk with love to the person. This love will begin to thaw his/her hatred, temper or bad attitude.

Let us today embrace love in all our actions, communications, judgements and thoughts because love conquers all evil. Let us not try to solve evil with evil because, as Jesus says, the whole world will be full of evil. Let us counter evil with good and as we all know good will always prevail over evil.

Prayer: Lord Jesus Christ, You have commanded us to refrain from solving evil with evil. Fill our hearts with Your love so that we can spread this love throughout the world to annihilate all evil. Amen.

Bible Verse of the Day in Pictures

An Eye for an Eye and a Tooth for a Tooth - Matthew 5:38-39 - Bible Verse of the Day
An Eye for an Eye and a Tooth for a Tooth – Matthew 5:38-39 – Bible Verse of the Day