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Reflections on the Daily Readings
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March 13th, 2014
Julianna Diddle

As soon as I read the gospel for this week I immediately thought of the hymn, “Seek Ye First.” My mother is a musician and has always been involved in the music at our church. The scriptures and psalms that I remember the best are all ones that I know songs for. Before I get into my reflection, please feel free to take a minute to listen to the hymn.

The Golden Rule. We’ve all heard it and some of us have ben taught since preschool to treat others as you would want them to treat you and to love your neighbor as yourself. This is more than a phrase from the gospel of Mathew; it’s an outlook on life. Some of the best people I know are absolutely selfless and treat everyone they meet as if they were the most important person in the room. Use of this skill, though, is most definitely a challenge for some at times.

Personally, I think this phrase needs to be given some context. Even if you do for others whatever you would have them do to you – you can’t exactly expect them to reciprocate the same action. Unfortunately, not everyone today shares the golden standard on how to treat others. I think that this discrepancy causes quite a bit of frustration because I, personally, have experienced it. When people don’t treat you the way that you would treat them, it can be hard to maintain the golden rule. Putting aside your ego is key to managing these types of situations. You can control how you respond to certain situations and how you treat people but you cannot expect that same response back from others in every situation.

The world isn’t necessarily a fair place – and no sometimes we don’t get treated in a way we deserve - but we can control how we treat other people. By continuing to remember the golden rule even when you’re frustrated, stressed, or not being treated well, maybe, just maybe, your actions will encourage someone else to treat others with dignity, kindness, and respect.  

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