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February 25, 2021
Lenten Weekday
Golden Rule
Do to others whatever you would have them do to you.
Matthew 7:12

The Golden Rule is one of the core teachings of Jesus. Most of us could recite it from the time we were children and have had a lifetime to practice it. Why, then, do we still struggle to live it? All around us, we see examples of disrespect and cruelty. We may even be guilty of that ourselves. We fail to love one another, in ways big and small. Sometimes we even struggle to be civil. We practice a cheap substitute of the Golden Rule instead. We treat others well if they agree with us, share our faith, belong to the same political party and treat us well in return. Like it or not, though, the Lord’s command is simpler and clearer than that: “Do to others whatever you would have them do to you.” In short, love one another—everyone, always.

Lord Jesus, help me to live as you command!

- Karla Manternach

Esther C:12, 14-16, 23-25 • Psalm 138:1-3, 7-8 Matthew 7:7-12


Douglas Nentwig Respond to comment
February 25, 2021 at 10:26 PM

Yes, we live our entire lives trying to follow this rule. But, that 's what it's all about!!!!

Margaret Dowsett Respond to comment
February 25, 2021 at 09:30 PM

Thanks for this.. normally I read my living faith to start my day and my prayer I woke after a nightmare with a bad headache. Rushed into a grouchy day and then came to these wise words. Once again I am brought back to basics. Thanks Karla and all my Living Faith family. God bless you all .xxx

February 25, 2021 at 02:53 PM

Karla, thank your for your devotion. * Today's Reading 1 talks about Queen Esther and how she was about to risk her life to plead before the king on behalf of her people, the Jews. Alone inside the palace, she had no one to turn to for support. In her anguish, she prayed fervently: “Help me, who am alone and have no help but You...Help me, who am alone and have no one but You, O Lord” (Est C:14, 25). Esther knew God was with her in her loneliness. "Our Lord God said: “It is not good for the man to be alone” (Gn 2:18). However, there may come “a time” in our lives when we are not only “far from” the fellowship of others (Eccl 3:5), but totally without human support and consolation. In those times particularly, we must know beyond a doubt that Jesus is Emmanuel, God-with-us (Mt 1:23). We are never alone. Jesus assures us: “Know that I am with you always” (Mt 28:20)." God Bless our Living Faith Family and continued prayers for all.

February 25, 2021 at 09:08 AM

Amen! What a beautiful world we'd have if everyone followed the Golden Rule.

February 25, 2021 at 09:00 AM

The Golden Rule - How to live our lives in honor to our Heavenly Father in Heaven. I think all of us as a small child learn this lesson at a very early age. It is sad that as adults we forget the teaching principles and true meaning of this message towards others in our lives. The world and the world's temptations get in the way from us remembering this very important rule. Jesus knows what we need before we even know what we need, however as noted in today's Gospel we need ASK, SEEK and KNOCK and it will be given to us. Let us look deep into our own hearts while we are on our Lenten Journey this year and see what is missing in our lives and ask Jesus Spiritually to provide all we need. Lets us remember the days of our youth as well and practice as adults the Golden Rule towards others in our lives. Dear Jesus, hear our prayers today for the Living Faith Family, for those who have no one to pray for them and for all of the souls in Purgatory that they may be reunited with Christ. Amen.

February 25, 2021 at 08:55 AM

I hope this is not irreverent but can you imagine praying like Esther? Laying prostrate for hours with her handmaids. What are the neighbors thinking or the handmaid's. Why do I serve this crazy person. Our praying is easier in fashion. We just need a quiet moment and it will have the same effect. God is good always.

February 25, 2021 at 09:43 AM ***After the Promise of Obedience, the candidate lies prostrate on the floor while the bishop, priests, and parishioners recite the Litany of Saints, calling out to the communion of saints for their strength and support. They ask also that the saints intercede to God on the candidate’s behalf. Prostration can carry the symbolism of death--the death to self that comes before the candidate's rebirth into priestly service. At some ordinations you will even see shrouds placed over the prostrate candidates. Prostration is a rare sight. Outside of ordinations, the only other time a mass-going parishioner might see a prostration is during a Good Friday service, the day when we await the resurrection and “participate in [Christ’s] shock, and his descent into the depths of anguish.” In the ordination, prostration also represents the candidate’s overwhelming humility before the call to priesthood. As Pope Benedict XVI recalls: "I shall never forget lying on the ground at the time of my own priestly and episcopal ordination. When I was ordained bishop, my intense feeling of inadequacy, incapacity, in the face of the greatness of the task was even stronger than at my priestly ordination. The fact that the praying Church was calling upon all the saints, that the prayer of the Church really was enveloping and embracing me, was a wonderful consolation." (That's exactly how I felt when I prostrated on the floor all those 6 months facing a life crisis)

February 25, 2021 at 09:36 AM

It is so relevant what you are saying, Gayle! We do not know how to do (love) to others without knowing how much we ourselves are loved by Jesus that He died for us!!! I cannot give out what I don't have, "Love!" Everyone who is desperate in his/her circumstances needs to do it: prostrate like a cross on the ground! I still remember 20 years ago waking up 4:30 in the morning for months going to an empty dark room facing east in my house, prostrating on the floor talking to God, tears flowing, and silence most of the time. When the sun came up, my tears were dried, my spirit was up, hope filled in my heart and I rose up from the ground! I started my day with getting into God's Word (the book of Isaiah) for a couple of hours writing and asking a lot of questions. Then I went for an hour walk and came home for a shower before going to my one friend who would make lunch for me until her kids came home from school. And I would go back to the empty house before dinner and went right back to God's Word for more comfort and assurance before crying myself to sleep in my kid's empty bedroom! The same thing repeat itself daily for the next six months. I lost 28 lbs to a fit 128 lbs. The crying became less and the praise became more as each day passed! Looking back at those dark days, they were more brighter than any time of my life. The intimacy Jesus and I have established during those six months was...words cannot describe...unbreakable :-) And I believe it had something to do with my physical and heart position - Prostrating!!! I needed Jesus to pick me up piece by piece from the ground! And He did :-) He put me back together with cracks all over so His light can shine through these cracks! I am just like my life verse in isaiah 40:31, "but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint!"

February 25, 2021 at 08:32 AM

*Matthew 7:12, "So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets." *Yes, if I do to others what I would have them do to me, I have summed up what is taught in the laws and from the prophets!!! *It reminds me of this song: Love God And Love People by Danny Gokey ***So is there an exception or a difference to this admonition? I don't think so! But what do you do with the enemies who want to destroy you? I don't know...What did Esther in the first reading do when Haman wanted to destroy and kill all the Jews? ***Esther went to the Lord for help, "She lay prostrate upon the ground, together with her handmaids, from morning until evening, and said: “God of Abraham, God of Isaac, and God of Jacob, blessed are You. Help me, who am alone and have no help but You, for I am taking my life in my hand. As a child I used to hear from the books of my forefathers that You, O LORD, always free those who are pleasing to You. Now help me, who am alone and have no one but You, O LORD, my God. “And now, come to help me, an orphan. Put in my mouth persuasive words in the presence of the lion and turn his heart to hatred for our enemy, so that he and those who are in league with him may perish. Save us from the hand of our enemies; turn our mourning into gladness and our sorrows into wholeness.” ***I remember praying similar prayers right before I went into court for my divorce proceeding 20 years ago! *Psalm 7:6, "Arise, O LORD, in anger! Stand up against the fury of my enemies! Wake up, my God, and bring justice!" *Psalm 138:7, "Though I am surrounded by troubles, You will protect me from the anger of my enemies. You reach out Your hand, and the power of Your right hand saves me!" *Matthew 5:43-45, "You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I (Jesus) tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be children of your Father in heaven. He causes His sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous!" *******My prayer and worship: Famous For by Tauren Wells and Jenn Johnson

February 25, 2021 at 08:18 AM


February 25, 2021 at 07:51 AM

Thank you for this reminder today> I consider myself a "nice " person but as of late I have really been struggling with this. People seem so rude to me and I have forgotten to look for the good. Thank you for the conscience check. Have a beautiful day

February 25, 2021 at 07:40 AM

Thank you for this reminder. I am thankful to have read this devotional at the start of my day. Jesus, help me see you in my students. Help me be a kind servant.

February 25, 2021 at 08:14 AM

Especially the disruptive ones. Remember to repeat 3 to 4 times "she/he is a child of God " works for me. Birds out this morning yesterday was a great day sun for hours. Praying for the living faith family I am lucky to be able to attend Mass. Please pray for the people who have no one to pray for them and the souls in purgatory and the essential workers and their families Ken

February 25, 2021 at 07:06 AM


February 25, 2021 at 04:34 AM

Well, I don't know if I'm the first or last one to see this but I noticed as I moved my mouse over the devotional writer's name it was highlighted. Clicked on it and it gives a snippet of info of the writer. So, thank you Karla for a great example of who we need to love as ourselves. Everyone! My wife and I were able to get our 2nd shots the other day. Just a sore arm and some stiffness for the day. Hopefully, we can look forward to attending mass in church in the next few weeks. Prayers to all in need for the Living Faith family.

February 25, 2021 at 07:38 AM

Thank you Bill, never knew that for the last year! Also, if you scroll down there's a prayer center! 2 new gifts for today! Love my LFF! Have a blessed day


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