In Matthew's gospel he flips Moses's teaching on its back. Jesus is the new Moses. This passage may be one of the more difficult ones to put into practice because we are called to go against our internal and initial reactions.
Turn the other cheek when someone slaps your cheek (physically, emotionally, spiritually)? Love and pray for your enemies and those who hurt you? How difficult is it to move on from hurt, to move on from our emotions toward forgiveness and praying, not that God smite them, but rather that they seek out God's Will for their lives? We are called to show charity (love), and praying for souls, particularly for the souls of those who have hurt us, is one of the best acts of charity! Why is this an act of charity? Because it is an act of humility. Humility requires sacrifice, saying no to the desires one has.
And just as a practical reminder to help us on this journey, here are these suggestions from Pope Francis:
“Heal wounds of the heart with the oil of forgiveness, forgiving those who have hurt us and medicating the wounds we have caused others."
“Watch out for anger that can lead to vengeance; for laziness that leads to existential euthanasia; for pointing the finger at others, which leads to pride; and for complaining continually, which leads to desperation.”
To Jesus through Mary,
Deacon Armando Regalado