The “Golden Rule” that Jesus offers his disciples has directed countless Christians in their relationships with one another. May this rule of life help us to interact with one another in a way that leads us all closer to the Lord.
Here are some of the themes in the readings for the 7th Sunday of the Year.
1st Reading – 1st Samuel 26:2,7-9,12-13,22-23
While trying to kill David, Saul is asleep and unattended when David comes upon him.
David spares Saul’s life, offering clear proof of his mercy.
Psalm – 103:1-4,8,10,12-13
“The Lord is kind and merciful.”
God, who is merciful and gracious, has compassion on us and pardons all our sins.
2nd Reading – 1st Corinthians 15:45-49
Paul contrasts the first man, Adam, with Jesus (the last Adam) to highlight the natural and the spiritual.
By becoming like us, Christ unites our nature to his and restores what was lost by sin.
Gospel – Luke 6:27-38
The “Golden Rule” (Do to others as you would have them do to you) is highlighted in this passage in a number of ways: love one’s enemies, share or lend with those in need, stop judging, forgive one another.
“For the measure with which you measure will in return be measured out to you.”
“Do to others whatever you would have them do to you” is the modern translation of the Golden Rule. Jesus gives us this rule to help us relate to one another from a common framework of understanding and respect; now we have to act on it!