Ask, and it will be given you; search, and you will find; knock, and the door will be opened for you. For everyone who asks receives, and everyone who searches finds, and for everyone who knocks, the door will be opened. Is there anyone among you who, if your child asks for bread, will give a stone? Or if the child asks for a fish, will give a snake? If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good things to those who ask him!
In everything do to others as you would have them do to you; for this is the law and the prophets.
New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved. http://www.usccb.org/bible/approved-translations
We hear this gospel quote often but do we really live by it? First, we realize that humans make mistakes. These words often go out the window when we’re dealing with emotions such as anger, bitterness or hurt.
Treat others the way you want to be treated? When I hear this quote, I quickly think of perseverance. It takes perseverance to treat someone with kindness, even when they stand on your feet. It takes perseverance to give, even when you’re not given to. It takes perseverance to love, even when someone does not love you back. Think about the meaning of this quote in your life: Are there people you do not particularly care for? How can you persevere through those feelings to be respectful so as to not burn the bridge you may need to walk across one day?
I challenge you to persevere in kindness and love. We need others to challenge themselves, but the challenge begins with us.
—Asia Terry ‘15 from Saint Martin de Porres High School, Cleveland, OH.
Here is The Golden Rule as it is written in eight religions:
Baha’i: Blessed are those who prefer others before themselves.
Buddhism: Hurt not others in ways that you yourself would find hurtful.
Christianity: Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.
Islam: No one is a believer until you desire for another that which you desire for yourself.
Janism: In happiness and suffering, in joy and grief, regard all creatures as you would your own self.
Judasim: What is hateful to you do not do to your neighbor. That is the entire Torah. The rest is commentary. Go and learn.
Sikhism: Be not estranged from one another for God dwells in every heart.
Zoroastrianism: Human nature is good only when it does not do unto another whatever is not good for its own self.
—from artwork of Sr. Mary Southard, CSJ, and Ministry of the Arts, LaGrange Park, IL.Please share the Good Word with your friends!