Posted by: livingscripture | June 23, 2015

Twelfth Tuesday in Ordinary Time

From the Word of the Dayjcheart

“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.  .”   (Matthew 7: 12-13)

How should we live this Word

 Today’s Gospel brings us the word of Jesus that mirrors the so-called ‘Golden Rule’:  “Do to others whatever you would have them do to you.”  It is a well-known law that has reached us today, both in its positive form and in its negative form.  It is widespread in all cultures and religions of the ancient world: Confucianism, Buddhism, Hinduism, Hellenism, the Old Testament, and Judaism…to the ancient Fathers of the Church.  Therefore, it deals with a conquest of human thought and is almost like the foundation of the Discourse on the Mountain.  The Teacher of Nazareth tells us that the Golden Rule is acceptable and plausible because it represents the attempt to develop a sensible and rational perspective to arrive at the vertex – the commandment of love formulated by Jesus in its most radical form.

In the meantime, let us accept from Jesus this invitation that is clear and simple; to do the good to others that we desire others do to us and never do evil, as we desire it not be done to us.  It is a very clear norm of simple natural honesty that is inscribed in the heart of every person on this earth and is the first step that leads to the more demanding way of the new commandment brought by Jesus.

In my pause for silent contemplation, I shall ponder this Golden Rule and verify how I am living it.

Lord, grant that Your people may always live in veneration and in love for Your holy name so that we may never be deprived of Your guidance that is established on the rock of Your love.

 The Voice of the Didache, Most Ancient Patristic Document

There are two ways; one of life and one of death; but there is a great difference between them.  The way of life is this: First, you will love the God who created you; second, you will love your neighbor as yourself.  All that you do not want done to you, do not do to others.

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