|Paul resisting a sarcastic response to|
those senseless Galatians.
For me, the lesson hit home when I stepped into St Peter's for Mass. A couple of the Friars tend to put their own fingerprints all over the liturgy, and it drives me nuts. Today's Gospel challenged me to lighten up. No, those exaggerations and idiosyncrasies do not belong in the liturgy (which is the work of the people), but my own irritation is not exactly godly, either. And if I can "bless...endure...respond gently" (in other words, go that extra mile in bearing the burden imposed on me by the celebrant), I am contributing something positive; being a peacemaker rather than cultivating aggravation in my own heart.
Turning the other cheek, going the extra mile: it starts with our own thoughts. This way of going the extra mile hardly characterizes Internet debate, but maybe it should. Can it start with us? Is this how we transform the world--or our own corner of it?