Tuesday, June 26, 2018

How simple the message is to treat others how we want to be treated. I struggle with this commandment, but reflect on the positive return when I fail. What a wonderful world if we all treated others as we wish to be treated.

“Let us remember the Golden Rule: 'Do unto others as you would have them do unto you'. This Rule points us in a clear direction. Let us treat others with the same passion and compassion with which we want to be treated. Let us seek for others the same possibilities which we seek for ourselves. Let us help others to grow, as we would like to be helped ourselves.  – Pope Francis: - Address to U.S. Congress, Sept. 25, 2015

Gospel Text:(MT 7:6, 12-14)
Jesus said to his disciples:
"Do not give what is holy to dogs, or throw your pearls before swine,
lest they trample them underfoot, and turn and tear you to pieces.

"Do to others whatever you would have them do to you.
This is the Law and the Prophets.

"Enter through the narrow gate;
for the gate is wide and the road broad that leads to destruction,
and those who enter through it are many.
How narrow the gate and constricted the road that leads to life.
And those who find it are few."

Perhaps today we could reflect on the Golden Rule in a different light. Reflect on the Golden Rule as Jesus lived it; or rather, as He died by it. Reflect on the Golden Rule in the light of the crucifix. What Jesus did for you on the Cross is what Jesus would have you do for His sake. This is what He calls you to, in fact, as a member of His Church: “Whoever wishes to come after me must deny himself, take up his cross, and follow me” [Matthew 16:24].

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