"You have heard that it was said, 'An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth. But 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. If anyone wants to go to law with you over your tunic, hand him your cloak as well. Should anyone press you into service for one mile, go with him for two miles. Give to the one who ask of you and do not turn your back on one who wants to borrow. (Matt 15:38-42).
I realise how difficult this commandment is! On the other hand, this is what our Lord Jesus taught us:
To love our enemies. The natural reaction is retaliation especially if the ego is hurt. However, we have to realise that vengeance is for God alone. Justice will be given in the long run.
In the matter of giving to the one who borrows, let us be generous if we have. If we are also in want, that's a different matter. It takes humility to borrow, hence, people tends to borrow from people who they know has a capacity to lend.
In terms of service, let us be generous of our time for the poor and needy. We know that we have a multitude of things to do in a day. Let us share our time in helping those who need help! At the end of the day, this is what pleases the Lord: supporting one another! One does not need to do extraordinary things to turn the world upside down with extreme philosophy but we can do ordinary things in a most special way, as St Therese of Child Jesus proposed.
Let us pray today for the gift of tolerance to be able to see other's point of view. Let us also pray for gift of service that we may not be stingy with our time. Let us pray that we will be given the gift of wlingness to aid the poor and needy.