FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD
22 JUNE 2021 Tuesday 12
WORD of the DAY
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.” (Mt 7: 6/12-14)
How shall I live this Word?
The ‘Golden Rule’ is the name attributed to the principle taught by Jesus in His Sermon on the Mount and which we find in today’s Gospel, “Do to others whatever you would have them do to you. This is the Law and the Prophets.” Jesus knew the human heart and its selfishness. The golden rule of Jesus gives us a model according to which naturally selfish people can calibrate their actions, treat others as you would like to be treated.
Jesus brilliantly sums up the entire Old Testament in this single principle, taken from Leviticus 19:18: “Take no revenge and cherish no grudge against your own people. You shall love your neighbor as yourself. I am the Lord.” A Biblical scholar notes, “Once again we understand the fact that people naturally love their ego and the commandment uses this human defect as a starting point for how to treat others.”
What is interesting to note about the Golden Rule is that no other religious or philosophical system provides for it. The Golden Rule of Jesus is not the ‘ethics of reciprocity’ commonly accepted by non-Christian moralists. Jesus’ commandment has a subtle but very important difference. Eastern religions say: “avoid doing”; Jesus says: “Do it”! Eastern religions say that it is enough to keep one’s negative behavior under control; Jesus says to look for ways to act positively. The commandment to love is what separates Christian ethics from that of any other religion. In fact, the support that the Bible gives to love includes the radical commandment to love even one’s enemies. This is unheard of in other religions. Loving one another … it is wonderful, but “as I have loved you”, that is, with the same infinite love with which the Father loves me! This is impossible with our strength alone. It is necessary to welcome the love of Jesus in faith and life in order to be able to pour it out on others.
The Voice of Charles de Foucauld
My God, make me understand the silent signs hidden in things and teach me the gospel of the road.
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