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Doctrines & Morals

Treat others the way you would like them to treat you

2 Kgs 19:9-11.14-21.31-36, Mt. 7:6.12-14. Today's first reading recalls how king Sennacherib of Assyria came up to Jerusalem with his mighty army and besieged it, seeking to destroy the entire city and conquer the whole kingdom of Judah. With pride in the strength of his armies, that nothing on earth and even in the Heavens could stand against him and his empire, Sennacherib blasphemed against God. He mocked the sons and daughters of Israel with their God, referring to their continued resistance and clinging onto hope in God as being useless and meaningless. Thus, the Lord reassured His people that despite his might and the vast armies he possessed, king Sennacherib of Assyria would never conquer Jerusalem and he would never achieve whatever he had desired for and that his armies would be crushed by the hands and the power of God and the king himself would meet his end for all the sins that he had committed against God and men alike.

Hence, God sent His Angels to destroy the entire armies of the Assyrians during the night and a total of no less than a hundred and eighty-five thousand mighty warriors of the Assyrians perished, which was a great humiliation for the king who had to abandon the siege and return to his homeland in great shame, his pride and hubris crushed by the righteousness and justice of God. In order to think less of ourselves, in today's Gospel, Jesus confronts us with the obvious challenge of making the right choice of not throwing our pearls to pigs. We would be throwing our pearls to pigs if we glory in our strength, following easiest way out and when we compromise the Gospel values. We would preserve our pearls when we thread the narrow road. Though it maybe difficult to manoeuvre but leads to glory. To obtain such level of spirituality, we have to take the Golden Rule as a guide: "Treat others the way you would like them to treat you". The key element of the Golden Rule is that we be models of what we want to see in the world.

May the Lord help us to be more humble, attuned with God in faith, that instead of living for our selfish desires and wants, our ambitions and pride, we can begin to live faithfully closer to God and be exemplary in humility, piety and devotion! Amen!! Keep safe and have a pleasant day!!!

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