Turn the other cheek - 23 Feb 2020

Sunday 23 February 2020

Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time

Photo: Church Iglesia / Flickr / CC 2.0
38 “You have heard that it was said, ‘An eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth.’ 39  But I tell you, don’t resist him who is evil; but whoever strikes you on your right cheek, turn to him the other also.

40  If anyone sues you to take away your coat, let him have your cloak also. 41  Whoever compels you to go one mile, go with him two. 42  Give to him who asks you, and don’t turn away him who desires to borrow from you.

43  “You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbour and hate your enemy.’

44  But I tell you, love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who mistreat you and persecute you, 45  that you may be children of your Father who is in heaven. For he makes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the just and the unjust.

46  For if you love those who love you, what reward do you have? Don’t even the tax collectors do the same?

47  If you only greet your friends, what more do you do than others? Don’t even the tax collectors do the same? 48  Therefore you shall be perfect, just as your Father in heaven is perfect.


Mt 5: 38-48 / ebible.orghttps://ebible.org/webbe/MAT05.htm



Who are your enemies? Your neighbours? In your local community? At work?


Jesus asks us to turn the other cheek. Have you had an experience of trying to apply this teaching? How difficult was it?

Have anyone ever asked you for your coat (or jumper)? How did you respond?


Can you think of an action that you could take this week or this month in which you could go the extra mile?