7th Sunday in Ordinary Time | Year A
Jesus said to his disciples: ‘You have learnt how it was said: Eye for eye and tooth for tooth. But I say this to you: offer the wicked man no resistance. On the contrary, if anyone hits y ou on the right cheek, offer him the other as well; if a man takes you to law and would have your tunic, let him have your cloak as well. And if anyone orders you to go one mile, go two miles with him. Give to anyone who asks, and if anyone wants to borrow, do not turn away.
When people involved in conflict respond to an act of aggression with a similar level of aggression, the conflict is perpetuated. In some long-running conflicts, for example between neighbours or in families, the original act which started the conflict is long forgotten as the conflict becomes an end in itself.