Only if I serve my neighbour can my eyes be opened to what God does for me and how much he loves me. - Pope Benedict XVI

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Readings & Psalms

Diocese of Monterey

February 23, 2014 | Sacred Heart Church


Jesus’ words in today’s Gospel continue to contrast the Jewish law and practice with the practice of the followers of Jesus. Today’s Gospel continues with slight variations the formulation: “You have heard . . .” and “What I say to you is . . .” The old laws of retaliation were once created to soften the severe and vengeful retaliations common among the peoples that surrounded the struggling people of God. The would-be followers of Jesus again feel surrounded by people bent on retaliation. So Matthew presents Jesus, who asks his followers not only not to retaliate at all but to “turn the other cheek.” He asks that his listeners give the one who asks more than he or she seeks.

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