Posted by: livingscripture | June 25, 2013

Twelfth Tuesday in Ordinary Time

From the Word of the Day

“Do to others whatever you would have them do to you.  This is the law and the prophets.”

(Matthew 7: 12)


How should we live this Word? xsunshine_800[1]

The Psalmist says, “The Law of God is perfect, strengthening the soul…the Law of God is precious, making wise the simple”.  These are two important and necessary affirmations to understand how the Word of God, lived with one’s whole heart, accomplishes God’s Law.  At the same time, it responds to a very human need, that of seeing others as a prolongation of ourselves and therefore, to feel their needs as though they were our own.

Let us ask ourselves why today’s Word has been defined as the ‘Golden Rule’.

The reason is indisputable.  God has created us for love, He who is substantially Love.  God knows that each of us, whether we are conscious of it or not, needs to be loved and to love.  It is precisely from this fundamental human need that the dignity of the Law flows, the most important and absolute.  It is also such, that it is therapeutic for those who try to practice it. In fact, if I live and act with others as I would want them to treat me, I open spaces of peace, of light, and of a breath of life that is true and beautiful, outside of any burden, legalism, or formalism.  Thus God’s Law responds to human dignity and allows it to bring forth a reality of peace and goodness for self and others.

Today in my time of contemplation, I will ponder on this Golden Rule and see how it is present in my life. 

Lord help me to silence the needs of my egoism.  Grant that I may listen to the light of Your Gospel that that impels me to realize my good by procuring this same good for others. 

The Voice of George Bernard Shaw, Irish Playwright and Author

The worst sin against others is not hate, but indifference.  This is the essence of inhumanity.


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