Updated: Jun 24
23 June 2020 / Tuesday of the Twelfth Week in Ordinary Time
Ave Maria Parish / Romanus Cessario, O.P.
“Enter through the narrow gate” (Mt 7: 13). This familiar injunction from Our Lord follows immediately after he sets down what has become known as The Golden Rule: “Do to others whatever you would have them do to you” (Mt 7: 12). When we consider these texts together, we may easily conclude that the narrow gate does not impose an unreasonably severe restriction. In short, those who observe the Golden Rule find themselves passing easily through the narrow gate.
The Golden Rule provides a general direction for Christian living. The directive does not, however, solve every moral problem that Christians confront. Detailed guidance for Christian living comes from the virtues, the gifts of the Holy Spirit, and even the fruits of the Holy Spirit. These qualities of the soul make us resemble Christ himself. The seven virtues of the Christian life also correspond to the Ten Commandments.
These lists should not lead us to think that our living the Christian life involves great complexity. We learn Christian moral teaching from lessons but also from example. Catholic culture communicates the moral qualities that define what it means to live Catholic. This axiom brings us back to the Golden Rule. We should act virtuously toward others, and so expect them to act likewise toward us. Authentic Catholic culture, of course, always finds itself centered around the Magisterium of Pope and the Bishops.