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'If anyone hits you on the right cheek, offer him the other as well.' (Matthew 5:39)
Christianity is the only one of the major monotheistic faiths to originate in an explicit repudiation of violence. Jesus absorbed hatred and violence on the Cross and met it with love. He taught us to turn the other cheek. These words are often ridiculed, but Jesus is serious about helping us and the world to find our way out of the vicious circle of violence.
Lord, lead us beyond the vicious circle of violence and revenge, and open us up to Jesus' teaching about love. Amen.