MATTHEW 5: 38-42 GOSPEL READING AND REFLECTION

You have heard, that it was said: An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth. But I tell you this: Do not oppose evil with evil; if someone slaps you on the right cheek, turn and offer the other. If someone sues you in court for your shirt, give him your coat as well. If someone forces you to go one mile, go two miles with him. Give when asked, and do no turn your back on anyone who wants to borrow from you.

POINTS OF REFLECTION

This particular gospel reading serves as the fundamental basis of civil law to promote peace and order by way of putting an end to the cycle of vengeance when someone committed a violation to their fellow men. It is highlighted in the gospel that evil should not be opposed with evil, like in the case of vengeance. Instead, justice must be served to compensate the nature of offense being committed by the offender. An expression of  ” an eye for an eye” and ” a tooth for a tooth” means equal compensation should be afforded to the victim facilitated by the enforcer not by the victim perse unto the offender.

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