The Golden Rule

“Do to others whatever you would have them do to you.” (Matthew 7:12)

Jesus was not the first to instruct us on the Golden Rule, as it became known in the eighteenth century. The rule dates back to the early part of the second century B.C.: “Do to no one what you yourself hate” (Tobit 4:15) and “Recognize that your neighbor feels as you do, and keep in mind everything you dislike.” (Sirach 31:15). Jesus, unlike Tobit and Sirach, gives the rule a positive connotation.

Christ is all about love. When we have love, we have a treasure like no other; a stone described by St. Gregory of Nyssa as a “pearl of the heart”, which contains Christ’s beauty. It is a stone we want to share with others and they want to share with us.

As we go about our day, let’s keep the Golden Rule in our hearts. If we do that means that Christ is within us too.

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