October 11, 2020, Luke 6:27-36, ISSL Reflections Post 3

In our Scripture, Jesus is asking that those willing to listen, will hear what he has to say.

And, what do we hear? Something we call the “golden rule”?

How do you hear these words of Jesus flesh out the “golden rule”?

Luke 6:27-36

“But I say to you that listen, Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who abuse you. If anyone strikes you on the cheek, offer the other also; and from anyone who takes away your coat do not withhold even your shirt. Give to everyone who begs from you; and if anyone takes away your goods, do not ask for them again. Do to others as you would have them do to you.”

“If you love those who love you, what credit is that to you? For even sinners love those who love them. If you do good to those who do good to you, what credit is that to you? For even sinners do the same. If you lend to those from whom you hope to receive, what credit is that to you? Even sinners lend to sinners, to receive as much again. But love your enemies, do good, and lend, expecting nothing in return. Your reward will be great, and you will be children of the Most High; for he is kind to the ungrateful and the wicked. Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful.”

“… as you would have them do to you.”

It sounds like Jesus thinks we come to relationships, to life, with certain expectations.

What do you think he expects us to want in life, in the Kingdom of God?

What do you want as a Kingdom resident?

{ubi caritas et amor, Deus ibi est}

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