Thursday of the Twenty-third Week in Ordinary Time
“Do to others as you would have them do to you.”
In today’s Gospel passage Jesus bids us to follow the Golden Rule. “Do to others as you would have them do to you.” The Golden Rule is heard within the setting of admonitions by which Jesus leads us to share in His Cross: “Love your enemies.” “Do good to those who hate you.” “Pray for those who mistreat you.” These admonitions are examples of living out on the moral and spiritual planes what Jesus accomplished on the Cross.
We all know that it’s very hard to live out these admonitions. But it’s good to remember that Jesus is not only our teacher, who set us an example on the Cross. He is also our Savior, who from the Cross on Good Friday bestows grace upon all who beseech Him as they strive to imitate Him.
In the final part of today’s Gospel passage Jesus offers us some rhetorical questions. The first is representative: “If you love those who love you, what credit is that to you?” By the questions that follow Jesus leads us to see the Face of His heavenly Father. When we live the Golden Rule, we will be “children of the Most High”. Finally, to sum up everything He’s been exhorting us to live, He offers a simple principle that you and I might take and repeat throughout this day whenever there is a quiet moment: “The measure with which you measure will in return by measured out to you.”