June 26, 2018
by Fred Hanna
Creighton University Department of Fine & Performing Arts
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Tuesday of the Twelfth Week in Ordinary Time
Lectionary: 372

2 Kings 19:9B-11, 114-21, 31-35A, 36
Psalms 48:2-3AB, 3CD-4, 10-11
Matthew 7:6, 12-14

Praying Ordinary Time

Weekly Guide for Daily Prayer

A Renewed Personal Encounter with Jesus

We have a dog now.  His name is Remy; he is a rescue dog.  My children have wanted a dog for a long time until finally I gave in.  And, in short order, he has won my heart and considers me, arguably, his favorite.  Remy immediately came to mind with today’s reading, ‘Do to others whatever you would have them do to you.’  His unconditional love when I walk in the door is how he wants to be treated, so I return the love in kind.  When I stop and hold him, feed him, take on a walk, etc., he returns to me with love and kindness.

How simple the message is to treat others how we want to be treated.  I struggle with this commandment, but reflect on the positive return when I fail.  What a wonderful world if we all treated others as we wish to be treated.

As Jesus taught the disciples, and us, it will be difficult to find "the road that leads to life," however, treating others with kindness is a positive step in the right direction.

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