Homily for Tuesday of the 12th Week in Ordinary Time Year A
Theme: The Golden Rule
By: Fr. Benny Tuazon
Homily for Tuesday, June 25 2019
(Mt. 7:6, 12-14) Tuesday of the Twelfth Week in Ordinary Time
In today’s Gospel Jesus continues addressing specific issues in the life of the faithful. Among the particular teachings today, He gives His own version of what is known as the Golden Rule. This teaching is so basic that almost every religion possesses this teaching. “Do to others whatever you would have them do to you.”
The teaching is not hard to understand and accept. It is the practice of it that is wanting in so many people. There is always a tendency to see and preserve only oneself. Jesus, and other founders of religion, see deeper and better. We are all connected to one another one way or the other. The best if not the highest measure of how we regard others is our regard of ourselves.
Normally, we want the best for ourselves. We do not want pain, suffering, and failure. We also reject and abhor dishonest, disrespectful, violent, immoral, lewd, and other abominable attitudes. In fact, we have so many things we wish are not existent in this world. But we cannot just wish them for ourselves. We need others, in the same way that they need us, to reject them and attain the best like peace, love, justice, abundance, and salvation.
But it seems that in spite of this Golden Rule, many of us still remain selfish. We seem weak and afraid to let go of that resolve to treat others as we treat ourselves. We are afraid we will lose a lot and not compensated. We do not trust others, in short. This distrust puts us and our world in quandary. Just look around and we can easily see the grabbing, snatching, panic, selfishness, and abuse happening around us. We want peace yet we do not have it. We want riches yet many are still poor. We want justice yet injustice exists. We can go on and on.
This golden Golden Rule is essential as testified to by many religions. To us Christians, it is core and basic. We are not Christians if we fail to live it.