Tuesday, June 25, 2013
The Golden Rule: Daily Mass Homily--Tuesday, June 25th, 2013
As we continue to walk through the Sermon on the Mount we come to the Golden Rule: “Do to others whatever you would have them do to you.”
This summer our youth minister Kevin—this week at VBS it is Sir Kevin—and I are reading John Paul II’s Theology of the Body. This teaching came from over 100 of John Paul II’s Wednesday audiences in which he reflected on what it means to be a human person especially in our sexuality.
John Paul II takes the Golden Rule as a basis for how we are to treat others, especially within our sexuality and vocation. First, he notes that we must never merely use a person for our own desires. Second, because we are each created in the image and likeness of God, the only proper response to another is love.
Many in our world do not live out the Golden Rule. Jesus tells us as much: “Enter through the narrow gate; for the gate is wide and the road broad that leads to destruction, and those who enter through it are many. How narrow the gate and constricted the road that leads to life. And those who find it are few.” We Catholics must treat others as we want to be treated to help others find the narrow gate to life. We must never use others but must rather love and inspire others to do the same.