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The Golden Rule

In today’s gospel we hear the “Golden Rule.” Maybe when you hear “Golden Rule” you think of the classic song, School Days by Chuck Berry. “Up in the mornin' and out to school. The teacher is teachin' the golden rule.” Well, in the Gospel, the Teacher is teaching the Golden Rule! In the gospel, Jesus commands us to “Do to others whatever you would have them do to you.” When we “do to others whatever you would have them do to you,” we keep our eyes open for opportunities to serve, encourage, and support. We actually seek opportunities to make a positive impact on the lives of others.

Sometimes we see the Golden Rule written as, “Do not do to others what you would not like them to do to you.” When put this way, we are just encouraged to avoid causing others damage or putting obstacles in their path. The way Jesus states this in the Gospel with a more positive approach, he is inviting us not only to avoid causing problems, but to be creative contributors to the world around us. The other version is just about the avoidance of causing problems. With Jesus’ positive approach, we are to seek opportunities to make a positive impact on the people we encounter and those we live and work with. When you think about it, love is always looking for ways to build up, help, serve, improve, and beautify. Jesus’ way of expressing the Golden Rule is marvelous encouragement to love. Just imagine if every single Christian worked very hard at living out this commandment! Jesus’ words are truly golden. May we always seek opportunities to make a positive impact! May Jesus give us the courage and the strength to serve, improve and beautify. God bless and stay safe!

In Christ,

Fr. Steve Breck
Pastor, St. Mary Magdalene