February 23, 2020
Fr. John Mary breaks down the truth and message of the biblical quote, “…an eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth…” and how Jesus teaches us to be responsible and charitable to ourselves by destroying the power of the evil one and becoming eternally and truly victorious.
- The Catechism tell us that love toward oneself remains a fundamental principle of morality. It is legitimate to insist on respect for one’s own right to life.
- “An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth” is a passage from the Old Testament to reflect on limiting the act of revenge. Revenge is an escalator to sin and only Satan wins.
- Satan plays person against person to cause anger, hatred and sin to separate us from God and lead us to hell.
- “Justice is mine says the Lord.” And only God has the power and the knowledge and the pure intention to give true justice.
- Jesus shows us the path of how to be eternally and truly victorious over the power of Satan. Our goal is to be union with God and to help bring about the triumph of His kingdom.
- With the help of the Holy Spirit, we can respond with our daily little opportunities to respond with a desire for revenge OR with forgiveness and mercy.
“You have heard that it was said “An eye for an eye, a tooth for tooth.” So that passage from the Old Testament might sound kind of drastic to us, but that was an attempt to limit revenge, because oftentimes, revenge is an escalation. The only winner of revenge is usually Satan. This doesn’t mean that we can’t defend ourselves, family or country against evil when lives are at stake. The Catechism says, “legitimate defense can be not only a right, but a grave duty for one who is responsible for the lives of others.”
When Jesus Himself was offended, when He was robbed on the cross, when He was treated so brutally, He responded with generosity, with sacrifice, with forgiveness, with love. He was showing us how to resist evil.