Posted by: fvbcdm | March 13, 2014

Feast of Saint Ramirus (13 March 2014)

During the holy season of Lent, the Church brings out her heavy artillery in her battle with the forces of darkness. In the gospel of the Mass for Thursday of the first week of Lent, we have that marvelous passage from the seventh chapter of Saint Matthew’s gospel in which Our Divine Lord speaks about prayer. “Ask and you shall receive; seek and you shall find; knock and the door will be opened to you.” He goes on to ask, “If your son asks you for a piece of bread, do you give him a stone? If he asks for a piece of fish, do you give him a snake? . . . Well then, if you, evil as you are, know how to give GOOD gifts to your children, how much more will God give good things to those who ask him?”

Then, he comes up with a crucial principle for our spiritual lives. It is so true, so important, so conducive to our spiritual well-being and our salvation, that it has been called “the Golden Rule.” It is this: Do to others as you would want them to do to you. To indicate how very basic and important this golden rule is, Jesus continues by saying, this contains all the law and the prophets.

So here we are: eight days into the holy season of Lent, we are given this tremendous help to our sanctification. If we will really try always to treat others AS WE WOULD WANT THEM to treat us, then we are well on our way to heaven. Not as they treat us, but as we would want them to treat us. “Getting even,” grudge-carrying, resentment, retaliation, reprisals, are the work of hell and characteristic of the devils and those like them. Forgiveness, kindness, justice, mercy, helpfulness are the work of heaven and those who are sincerely trying to achieve that state of eternal joy.

Think about the person you like least. Do you treat him or her as you would want him or her to treat you? If not, work on it. It is God’s will for you. It is what Our Divine Lord asks of you.  Thank you for seeking God’s truth.  God bless you.  Father Victor Brown, O.P.

 Note:  This message was composed some years ago.


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