02/19/17 - "What Did I Misunderstand?" - Gospel Matthew 5:38-48

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    How many times as a parent, teacher or sibling, have we heard the defense of one child punching the other as “but she punched me first!”  A simple example of eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth.  It seems a fair way to react.  In Hebrew Scriptures it was the fair form of justice that limited one’s retribution to an equal reaction.  But Jesus turns this idea around.  He challenges us to come to a new understanding of loving.   ~ Mindy Bugaj