Year II - Monday
Gospel of Matthew 5:38-42 Reflection:
We return to the Sermon on the Mount for today’s gospel and in this reading Jesus is telling us that the thoughts and ideas of his followers should be totally different from the ways of the world. In the Old Testament, the Jews were taught ‘an eye for an eye’ etc but now Jesus tells them to turn the other cheek and if an invading soldier asks you to go one mile with him go two.
Jesus is setting a new standard for us. He is making seemingly impossible demands and pushing our comfort zones way out beyond what is reasonable. But in reality, how often do incidences like these really come up in our lives? When was the last time someone did you a really back turn?
It is the wee things that beat us, the imagined slight or not being invited to a wedding or something like that. There are plenty of these and when they arise we are expected to look at their true importance they are in the overall scheme of things. When we do this calmly and reflectively we shall see that they are not all important after all.
Imagined slights and insults are a curious part of life; I have often been offended by not being invited to weddings that I did not want to go to or I have been insulted when people I don’t want to talk to don’t speak to me at a function.
Jesus tells us to let all these wee annoyances go and to look at what is important in this life and to stop annoying ourselves about petty grievances. Maybe if we heeded him we would have more peace!