Golden Rule

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Greetings on this the Memorial of Saint Peter Claver, Priest
Readings: Col 3:12-17; PS 150:1b-2, 3-4, 5-6; Lk 6:27-38
Notes: In today’s first reading and gospel pair:

  • Paul reminds us just how very powerful and self-controlled we can be in Jesus.
  • For his part, Jesus, reminds us the the way of God expressed in human terms.

Memorial of Saint Peter Claver, Priest, who during the 40 years of his ministry, Claver instructed and baptized an estimated 300,000 slaves.

First reading
Brothers and sisters: God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, put on:

  • heartfelt compassion
  • kindness
  • humility
  • gentleness
  • patience
  • bearing with one another
  • forgiving one another
  • put on love, that is, the bond of perfection.

Brothers and sisters: God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, through Christ we have:

  • the peace of Christ which controls our hearts
  • been called in one Body
  • gratitude in our hearts to God
  • the word of Christ dwelling in us richly
  • the power to teach and admonish one another
  • to sing psalms
  • to sing hymns
  • to sing spiritual songs
  • the power do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.

Responsorial Psalm
Let everything that breathes praise the Lord!

Alleluia Verse
If we love one another,
God remains in us,
and his love is brought to perfection in us.

Gospel Portion
The “DO” list
of Jesus describes God (do = God does) through your life:

  • do good to those who hate you
  • do pray for those who mistreat you
  • do offer your cheek
  • do offer cloak and tunic
  • do give to everyone who asks
  • do unto others as you would have them do unto you
  • do lend without return
  • do love your enemy
  • do forgive
  • do merciful
  • do give

The BE list:

  • be child of God
  • be not judged
  • be not condemned
  • be forgiven

The golden rule is the shorthand of it all.

Remember, with God, all things are possible.

Peace be with you,
Deacon Gerry

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