Jesus said, “If someone slaps you on your right cheek, turn your other cheek to him as well.”
– Matthew 5:39
If we want to imitate the mercy of God, Our Lord Jesus Christ tells us to forgive injuries, to be tolerant, and to also be patient with other people’s defects…because we must remember that we too are imperfect. This is what He means about turning the other cheek.
“…we should not take it that Christ literally meant that you should offer the other cheek to some to hit you; what He was referring to was your interior disposition; that is, if necessary we should be ready not to be intolerant of anyone who hurts us, and we should be ready to put up with this kind of treatment, or worse than that. That was how the Lord acted when He surrendered His body to death” – St. Thomas
Lord, I pray to be more like You.
Help me learn from You, Lord,
on how to maintain my composure
in the face of situations which challenge my integrity
and disturb my serenity.
Help me accept the defects of others;
help me accept to be found imperfect in one way or another
– because I am imperfect.
Lord, I pray for self-control in the face of discomfort and uneasiness.
I pray that in future situations I will think of You first.
Lord, let me be worthy of calling myself a Christian.
Help me to turn the other cheek.