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Jesus’ command to treat others as you wish to be treated is countercultural in our world.

Reading: So, in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets. Matthew 7:12.
Good morning, happy Tuesday, and many blessings my dear family.
In today’s gospel (Matthew 7:6.12-14) passage, Jesus uses an image that most of us have never used in our lives.  Jesus tells his disciples, “Do not give to dogs what is holy and do not throw your pearls before swine, or they will trample them underfoot and tear you to pieces.”
Then Jesus moves into a more positive message.  He instructs his disciples to treat others as they want others to treat them.  Jesus’ teaching corresponds with the familiar saying, “Do unto others as you want them to do to you.”  However, this is not always as simple as it sounds. Think of someone who ignores you or criticizes you.  Or think of a person you simply do not like, who gets on your nerves, or who desires more from you than you wish to give.  How easy is it to treat those people as you wish to be treated?
An echo of Deuteronomy 30 here: “I have set before you life and death… Choose life so that you and your descendants may live, loving the Lord your God”. I ask God to reveal to me the direction of my life.
The narrow gate. A hard and challenging saying, but I can find comfort in the words of one of St. Peter’s letters that “the Lord… is patient with you, not wanting any to perish, but all to come to repentance”.
Jesus’ command to treat others as you wish to be treated is countercultural in our world.  How do you want others to treat you: with respect, acknowledgment, and interest?  I assume we all wish to be treated in this manner.  However, when it comes to doing this ourselves, it often is not as easy as it sounds.  It is often easier to judge others or to treat them as they treat us.
Recall a time in my life when I was treated with respect. How that sat with me? A time in my life when I was not treated with respect; how that sat with me? Talk with Jesus about these two experiences. Recall times in my life when I treated someone with respect; treated someone disrespectfully - how these experiences sat with me? Talk with Jesus about these.
Maybe I am struggling with a relationship where I really do want to behave with respect and am finding it very challenging? Speak with Jesus about my situation and my longing. Today I invite you to be truly present to the people you encounter and to treat them as you wish to be treated.  You may only have a few minutes with a person you can make the most of those minutes.  Your time and attention may be a great gift to that individual.  In those minutes, you also may receive a gift!

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Tuesday, June 21, 2022 - 08:45

Ministry at the time of Coronavirus (Covid 19): Prevent, cure and accompany

Now we have to shape what some have started calling; The Church at Home. Although I keep asking myself; What do those who do not have a home do? For this reason, at the same time, I am declaring today in our Holyrood Church a Lenten day of prayer, fasting and reading the Bible in the Time of the Coronavirus.

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