If someonesues you in court for your shirt, give him your coat as well. If someoneforces
you to go one mile, go two miles with him. Give when asked,and do not turn your back on anyone
who wants to borrow from you.
What is the secret toWhat is the secret to happiness? Perhaps there are many. But one sure secret
is to learn to be content with whatone has. The poor think that theywill be happy when they get rich.
The rich think that they will be happy when they get richer! Thisis a vicious cycle. King Ahab is a classic
case. Being a King, he does not lack any material or human resource. But the sight of poo rNaboth’s
little vineyard so sickens him with longing and leaves him miserable and depressed until hegets it!
Buddha was right when he observed that desire is the root of all human miseries. Though the solution
is not to eliminate desire(for, our very being is constitutedby desire), but to regulate ourdesire in such
a way that it doesnot violate the rights of others orleads to reciprocal violence thatJesus speaks of in today’s gospel.
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June 13, 2022
Gospel: Matthew 5:38-42
You have heard, that it was said: An eye for an eye and a toothYou have heard,
that it was said: An eye for an eye and a toothfor a tooth. But I tell you this: do not
oppose evil with evil; if someoneslaps you on your right cheek, turn and offer the other.