A Catholic Monthly Magazine

Tuesday 9 February

1 Kgs.8:22-23, 27-30, Ps.84, Mark 7:1-13

The Golden Rule

A legalistic mind-set is like a prison. The legalist is fixated on the rule and its strict observance. He cannot see the wood for the trees. The legalist, like the Scribes and Pharisees, has forgotten that every religious rule is a sub-rule of the Golden Rule – to love God with our whole mind, our whole heart and our whole strength, and love our neighbour as ourself. If a rule doesn’t lead or help us to do that, then either it’s a false rule, or we’ve misunderstood it.

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