This is an excerpts of my article about kindness at www.kinberg.net/wordpress/stellan/kindness/
present the other cheek as well
At the Catholic Mass February 24 we read in Luke 6:27-38 ) that Jesus said:
“Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you,
28 bless those who curse you, pray for those who treat you badly.
29 To anyone who slaps you on one cheek, present the other cheek as well; to anyone who takes your cloak from you, do not refuse your tunic.
30 Give to everyone who asks you, and do not ask for your property back from someone who takes it.
31 Treat others as you would like people to treat you.”
After telling that it is easy to love who loves you, to give to onr who gives to you, Jesus concludes with.
35 Instead, love your enemies and do good to them, and lend without any hope of return. You will have a great reward, and you will be children of the Most High, for he himself is kind to the ungrateful and the wicked.”
When I suggested to “present the other cheek as well” the one I talked with said “I am not an idiot”.
I would say that “present the other cheek as well” is the most intelligent thing you can do with enemies or evil people. Roman Christians did just that and they changed Rome and had soldiers and a emperor to become Christians.
Jesus suggested 2000 years ago a revolutionary tactic on how to behave with bad people.
The Tutsis in Rwanda followed Jesus forgiving the Hutus who killed their relatives and families. And today Rwanda is a “African Switzerland”. A testimonial of the value of Jesus teaching.
I would love if the people on my Island Lipari could do the same getting rid of old rage and spend their energi cooperating instead of fighting each other. Lipari could like Kigali become the Bahamas of the south Mediterranean.