Living in the Two Hearts

My Spiritual Insights and Musings

Good for evil?

Posted by Anne Elizabeth on June 19, 2008

On Monday, June 16th, the Gospel reading was from Matthew 5:38-42, or better known as the Sermon on the Mount or the continuation of the Beatitudes.  Here is the passage:

“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.”

While listening to the above Gospel passage, two things came immediately to mind.  First, “an eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth ” “Very good, the the whole world will be toothless and blind” (Tviah, Fiddler on the Roof).  Second, “…I say to you, do not resist one who is evil. ”  To resist: to withstand, strive against, or oppose – to put up a fight against an opposing force.  When Jesus speaks of resisting, He is speaking in the same terms of the opening quote I gave from Fiddler on the Roof.  If we respond to evil with evil then “the whole world will be blind and toothless “. 

But, if we respond to evil with Love and Compassion (Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do ~ Luke 23:34 ), we exercise a greater perfection.  A perfection that Christ modeled time and time again for us; though none so completely as when He hung on the Cross and prayed for His accusers who had done a GREAT EVIL to God. 

The question for us is: Is this kind of perfections actual possible for us mere human beings?  You bet!  But, only if you allow the grace necessary for loving to flow to you from God.  After all, perfection only comes from the one who is perfect, i.e. God (cf. Mt 5:48), NOT man. 

Jesus talks about this perfect love in the next section of verses – those which we heard in Tuesday’s Gospel reading – 43 to 48.  He reminds us that even though we are persecuted by the unjust, and even though we are treated unfairly by the wicked, we are called to respond with Love and Forgiveness – a message given in today’s (June 19th) Gospel message.  This Love and Forgiveness again is only made possible BECAUSE God makes it possible, BECAUSE we have asked Him for the graces necessary to practice the above.

Do you know why God gives us these graces when we ask for them?  Because He is a Loving Father who lavishes free gifts on His Children (us) whenever we ask Him (cf. Mt 7:11).  Did I mention that these gifts are free?  You don’t have to do anything beyond asking for them…they are free, free, FREE! 

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Remember, just “ask and you shall receive, seek and you will find, knock and the door will be opened.” (cf Mt 7:7).

 

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