"50th World Day of Peace"
In the face of injustice and violence, the human temptation is always to respond in kind. That is what happened to Peter on the fateful night when Jesus was arrested in the Garden of Olives. However, Jesus overturned the concept of "an eye for an eye" with the more disarming "turn the other cheek", even when his own life was in danger. When Peter tried to prevent the arrest of Jesus by taking a sword and cutting off the ear of Malchus, one of the high priest's slaves, the admonition of Jesus was very strong: "Put your sword back into its sheath, for all who take the sword will perish by the sword".