I’m sure this has been asked before, and I’m not sure this is the right place to ask it, but I like my own questions answered and I can’t find another place, so here goes.
The “turn the other cheek” instruction has always been a difficult one for me to understand, not so much from a “local” perspective but globally. And since last week’s homily was dedicated to the Bishop’s Lenten Appeal, and everything else I can find talks only about how it applies to you as a person, I would like thoughts. Every week my church offers a prayer for our armed forces in Afghanistan. This is troubling to me, not because I don’t want them to be safe, but because they are in Afghanistan because we retaliated with great force to 9/11. Why was this okay? And if it was not okay, what would turning the other cheek have looked like in that situation, and how is a leader of a secular nation supposed to do that and get away with it? Similarly, Kenyan priests were asking for AK-47s in the face of Muslim attacks on churches. That’s not turning the other cheek either. So what’s the deal with this?
I’ll take my answers off the air. Thank you!