St. Anthony of Padua,
Pray for us
The focus of Jesus’ words here is about power and how we use it. We all have power to strike back or let go of futility. But we also have the power to trust that God has already set things right, brought justice and mercy through the sacrifice of the Risen Christ. If we turn the other cheek and walk the extra mile, if we give the beggar and lend to the borrower, we may seem outdated to those who observe us, but we will know that we are in keeping what the Lord Jesus himself has asked of us.