If your enemy is hungry, give him something
Not everything that we have been taught holds
We may have even been educated in values
that go against Christianity!
We have always been taught
that in life meekness does not pay
that we should not let people take
that we should react violently if necessary,
if someone tries to take away our rights
that we should always return a punch
a punch and a blow for a blow.
An eye for an eye and a tooth for a
This is what being a real man or a
is all about!
Jesus Christ had a different value
ingrained in Him.
People made fun of him when He told
“if anyone hits you on the right cheek,
him the other as well”,
“if anyone would have your tunic, let
have your cloak as well”,
“if anyone orders you to go one mile,
two miles with him”,
“do good to those who hate you”,
“do not ask for your property back
man who robs you”,
“if you lend something, don’t expect
People mocked him when he said and
And perhaps interiorly we too feel
And yet He was right and our educational
system is wrong.
He came into the world to convince
that God is merciful and compassionate.
He came to show everyone
how much God respects us.
And He showed this respect to the extent
that He did not resist to the evil
When we killed his only Son, Jesus
how did He reply?
By continuing to love us.
His answer to our sins
was and still is
love and compassion.
He remained devoted to us.
This crazy love of God became flesh
When he was innocently arrested,
He did not resist to the evil done
but he continued loving
He paid evil with good,
He did not say ‘I will get back to
like a lamb taken to the slaughter
He did not open his mouth
He let them kill him.
He asked his Father to forgive them.
There is something awesome in Jesus
He kept respecting and revering
even those who basically trod on him
We have never employed this kind of
No one has ever exercised this kind
The truth is that this is the only
rose from the death.
This the only love
that wins over death.
This is the only love
that goes beyond our human calculations.
This is the only Love that remains.
Some may argue that this kind of love
And this is true.
But the Christian is called for the
Christianity is not an ideal for the
but life for every person,
something that makes us live better
“He had no form
or charm to attract us,
no beauty to win our hearts;
he was despised, the lowest of men,
a man of sorrows, familiar with suffering,
one from whom, as it were, we averted
despised, for whom we had no regard.
Yet ours were the sufferings he was
ours the sorrows he was carrying,
while we thought of him as someone
and struck with affliction by God;
whereas he was being wounded for our
crushed because of our guilt…”
(Isaiah 53, 2-5)
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