Posted by: livingscripture | February 26, 2015

First Thursday of Lent

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 Wordtemple 3

 The Gospel presents the Golden Rule to us that is valid for every human being.  We are to do to others what we would want them to do to us, and on the contrary, do not do to others what you do not want them to do to you.  Jesus’ teaching responds to the deepest need of the human heart, to love and to be loved.  It is a reciprocal rapport that commits us to value the good present in myself and in others.  It must exclude no one.  Rather, it must promote and encourage esteem and respect, never placing myself at the center of attention.  That place belongs to the others, understanding their needs and difficulties.  The other must almost become myself.  Every man and woman is truly my brother and sister.

In my pause for silent contemplation, I will ask Jesus to help me live fully His Golden Rule.

Lord, help me to identify with others, to walk in their shoes and know how to help them as much as possible using my ingenuity and love. 

The Voice of the Golden Rule in other Religions 

Buddhism – Do not harm others in any way lest you find yourself wounded. 

Hinduism – This is the sum of duty: do not do to others what would cause suffering if done to you.

Confucianism – this is the height of loving benevolence: do not do to others what you would not want them to do to you.

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