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Luke 6:29
Sunday, August 14 2011

Turning the Other Cheek...

When someone attacks us, as Catholics, we should turn the other cheek:

"To the person who strikes you on one cheek, offer the other one as well."  -Luke 6:29, NAB

The phrase "turn the other cheek" is one that many people know, but not all know where it comes from.  As we see in this verse, its roots are Biblical, and it was Jesus Himself who taught this to His disciples.  And, turning the other cheek is just as relevant today as it was 2000 years ago.

No matter who may attack us, and no matter what reason, Christ taught us to turn the other cheek, but what does this mean?  Simply put, it means that we must not look to strike back, but instead be willing to take another blow.  In other words, we should not pursue revenge, but instead conform to peace as Christ did.  No matter what someone does to us, we should not retaliate.

For many, this is easier said than done.  Our natural reaction is to get revenge in a situation like this.  When someone hurts us, we want to see them in just as much pain.  We hope that seeing them in pain will lessen some of ours, but it never does.  No matter how many times we get revenge, it never brings the satisfaction that we had hoped.  Many have said that "revenge is sweet," but there is nothing sweet about it.

What should we do instead?  We are to take the punches.  Even with the strongest attacks on our lives, we must respond in grace.  When Christ stood before His accusers, He showed them love.  When He was dying on the cross, He asked God to have pity on them.  Christ not only taught us to turn the other cheek, but He also lived it.  By His example, we can see that turning the other cheek will not bring us reward in this world, but it will in the next.



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