Today’s gospel summarizes something new for the religious leaders of Jesus’ day. Their law decreed “an eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth.” In other words, they were expectedto strike back at those who harmed them in any way. It is in a gospel like that presented tous today that we see just how radical and revolutionary Jesus’ teaching must have sounded back then. Indeed, it is still quite revolutionary in today’s world, with our dog-eat-dog mentality. The process of salvation which he had come to establish would be based on forgiveness, and, therefore, to be part of, and to belong to that process must put each of us right Out there in the front line of tolerance, forgiveness, and love.