An Unconventional Life
Jesus said, “When someone strikes you on your right cheek, turn the other one as well.” (Mt 5:39) Commentators tell us that being struck on the right cheek meant that the perpetrator used the back of his hand to strike the victim. That would have been a huge insult which invariably would have started a fist fight.
To most people in Jesus’ day, turning the other cheek was laughable. More committed people might not have laughed, but they certainly would have winced.
Jesus was an unconventional person. He touched lepers. He cast out demons. He raised the dead. He cured the blind and the lame. He told us to love our enemies. He turned over the tables in the Temple. He forgave the soldiers who nailed Him to the cross. He did these unconventional things out of love. And conventional people killed Him.
Jesus is our role model. He wants us to do what He did.