"But I say to you..."

Crozet, VA

We spent a wonderful evening talking with Joseph, enjoying the treats that someone had given him, Haagen-Daz ice cream and Earl Grey tea. And we got a good rest and washed all our clothes (and our selves), since we don't know when we'll have the chance again.

Then this morning at mass, Joseph preached on one of my favorite passages from the sermon on the mount:

"You have heard that it was said, 'An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth.'

"But I say to you, Do not resist one who is evil. But if any one strikes you on the right cheek, turn to him the other also; and if any one would sue you and take your coat, let him have your cloak as well; and if any one forces you to go one mile, go with him two miles.

"Give to him who begs from you, and do not refuse him who would borrow from you."
It's important to hear Jesus say these challenging words again and again.