Do Unto Others: The Lords Message of Universal Peace
3/10/22 Mass Readings Reflection
"So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets." (7:12)
In today's Gospel, we read Jesus' powerful message that He spoke on the Sermon on the Mount. This profound verse has been recognized by all walks of life and will always be a message universally agreed upon. Many of us understand this verse as the Golden Rule because Christ's message guides and resonates with a fundamental principle that all men can understand in just a few words.
In many verses throughout the Bible and the Ten Commandments, we are reminded about the importance of "loving our neighbors."
"Recognize that your neighbor feels as you do, and keep in mind your own dislikes." (Sirach 31:15)
“For all the law is fulfilled in one word, even in this; Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself." (Galatians 5:14)
“Do to others as you would have them do to you.” (Luke 6:31)
In the Sermon of the Mount, Jesus makes it very clear that loving your neighbor is the true mark of a Christian. The message is a simple one, and the importance of loving one's neighbor can never be reinforced enough. It is clearly one of the most important and timeless messages throughout the Bible. Although the law itself is universal, how we apply it to our daily interactions might sometimes prove a challenge.
As we are on this Lenten journey, remember that God calls us to love our neighbors by giving and sharing our time, talents, and treasures of which Christ has bestowed unto us. Let us continue this journey and remain inspired during this joyous time of sacrifice while treating ourselves and others with love, kindness, and respect.
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