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March 9, 2020

Bumper stickers and motivational placards encourage us to “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you but wisdom seekers of the centuries preached the Golden Rule with questionable results. Jesus tells us to stop judging; be merciful; forgive. Again, a difficult instruction when we adhere to the gospel according to us. How do we arrive at an understanding of this Golden Rule?

In an examination of our conscience we may discern how to guide our behavior towards others. What we are striving for is agape. The unconditional love God has for us we return to others. “Give and gifts will be given to you. …” Neutrality is not an option.

Think not only of our actions but our thoughts. Would I want people to think of me as mean-spirited, opinionated, unforgiving? So, then, I must not think of others in the same way. Never feed anger with anger; gossip with more gossip, condemnation with condemnation all of which weighs us down.

Here we have Jesus teaching us that what we do in our everyday life matters. What we consider mundane and routine is really the real stuff of living. How we diffuse the irritants of the day determine how we have decided to live our lives. By stepping out of our selfish ways “gifts will be given….”

Face our behaviors and attitudes and give them names. Call them out for what they are.

Let Us Pray:

Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life. And I shall dwell in the house of the Lord my whole life long. (Psalm 23:1-6)

 

Daily Eucharistic Reflection – Center for Eucharistic Evangelizing (eucharisticevangelizing.com)

 


About Joe McCormack

Joe McCormack is an Associate of the Blessed Sacrament and a parishioner at St Paschal Baylon Church in Cleveland, Ohio.