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Homily (Reflection) for Tuesday of the Twelfth Week in Ordinary Time (I) (27th June, 2017) on the Gospel

 
Gen 13:2.5-18;
Ps 14:2-5. (R. v.1);
Matt 7:6.12-14.

Topic: Standards upon standards.
Today’s gospel consists of teachings on what is holy (Matt 7:6), the golden rule (Matt 7:12), and the narrow gate (Matt 7:13-14). Our reflection will focus mainly on the golden rule. It reads: “In everything do to others as you would have them do to you; for this is the law and the prophets” (cf. Tob 4:15).
Irrespective of colours, tribes, qualifications, status, and so on, we all have the same father and one God, cf. Mal 2:10; Matt 23:9. Saint Paul rightly advised, “Masters, treat your slaves justly and fairly, knowing that you also have a Master in heaven” (Col 4:1). Again, “Do not speak harshly to an older man, but speak to him as to a father, to young men as brothers, to older women as mothers, to younger women as sisters – with absolute purity” (1Tim 5:1-2).
However, starting from the family, often one notices different standards even for children born of the same father and mother. While wealthy ones are treated as princes and princesses, others who may even be older are treated as outcasts. The case of maids is even worse. Sometimes one wonders whether they are really seen as human beings. As one moves from the nuclear families to the wider society and sadly even in some churches, the problem becomes more complicated. Examples can go on and on. We ought to be good to others irrespective of status, colour, race, and so on.
Bible Reading: Col 3:18 – 4:1; 1Tim 5:1-21.
Thought for today: Reflect on how you treat others starting from your family.
Let us pray: Lord, help us to be humble enough to see others as better human beings than ourselves – Amen (cf. Phil 2:3).

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