[quote="Rachel126, post:1, topic:328551"]
"Give to everyone who asks of you, and from the one who takes what is yours do not demand it back." Are we to take this at face value--if someone steals something from us, we are to allow it?
Additionally, "give to everyone who asks of you" is virtually impossible in this day and age. I don't have the resources to give to every person and organization who asks me for money. But the words are not "give if you can afford it." It is "give to everyone who asks." And even the most faithful Catholics I know would ask for the return of stolen property.
This troubles me. We take Jesus' words at face value when it comes to divorce, but it appears that we do not do so with regards to this Scripture. Any help?
We are not to allow it, because He also said: "thou shall not steal", and obviously God does not contradict Himself, nor can Scripture be abolished.
As for the return of stolen property, I never found myself in that situation, but I guess when it comes down to that, I will have to face the Word on the basis of which I shall be judged, and decide whether or not I would be willing to sacrifice material properties that were unjustly taken from me in order to do the Father's will.
Same applies to "give to everyone who asks". This I know that I do not do. And yes, we will have to answer for it unless we start changing things and doing more. After all, we are not asked to give thousands of dollars, but to give - whatever we may give within our state of life and without breaking our obligations towards our family. When asked for money, Peter (who at that time had none with him) gave a blessing. Sometimes we are forced to do the same. It hurts nobody, when we cannot spare a dollar for this or that request, to spare a sincere, heartfelt prayer or a small penance offered on behalf of that cause.
Remember what the apostle said: "This teaching is hard." Nobody denies that! We are not called to be comfy and live comfy lives, but to deny self and take up the cross. We are not called to become a satisfied men or women, but saints. That does take some effort ;)
(And thank God that the suggestion to "sell everything and give it to the poor" is not another similar basic tenet of faith, but a suggestion of a heroic act that leads to a more perfect life...otherwise I guess only friars would be doing the will of Christ :D)