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June 26: Tuesday of the Twelfth Week in Ordinary Time [II]

Reading II Kings 19:9-11,14-21,31-35,36
Gospel Matthew 7:6,12-14

“How narrow the gate and constricted the road that leads to life.”

Coming to the end of Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount, today we hear Him offer several brief proverbs. It would be difficult to find a common theme among all of them. Yet we could take any one of them and, brief as it is, commit it to memory and recite it throughout this day for reflection.

Of these proverbs, the second is best known. The “Golden Rule” is taught to children early in life. Of course it demands an ability to step back from a situation and reflect upon it from outside. This is difficult if someone is used to acting impulsively, without reflection.

Perhaps today, though, we could reflect on the Golden Rule in a different light. Reflect on the Golden Rule as Jesus lived it; or rather, as He died by it. Reflect on the Golden Rule in the light of the crucifix. What Jesus did for you on the Cross is what Jesus would have you do for His sake. This is what He calls you to, in fact, as a member of His Church: “Whoever wishes to come after me must deny himself, take up his cross, and follow me” [Matthew 16:24].