June 27, 2023, Tuesday of the 12th Week in Ordinary Time-A

Genesis13:2, 5-18

Psalm 15

Matthew 7:6, 12-14

He who walks blamelessly and does justice…shall never be disturbed. Ps. 15:3, 5

“Do to others whatever you would have them do to you.”  Mt. 7:12

Lord, you teach us what is now known as the “Golden Rule.” Many centuries before you spoke these words, Abraham understood justice and the Golden Rule and extended it to his kinsman Lot. So, they both prospered not only materially but also spiritually. Material wealth fades and ends up in a landfill. Spiritual wealth lasts forever. Lord, I pray for justice in our land. I pray that I can treat others as I would want to be treated. I’m not perfect and I fall short of these ideals many times. But I am confident that you would never ask me to uphold a standard that you would not give me the grace to uphold. I have the choice each and every day to obey your guidance, walk with you on the path you mark out for me and surrender to the needs of others over my own. Help me, Lord, today to be less judgmental and to not dwell on the faults of others but on their potential. Show me the consequences of my words and actions. Guide me to be responsible to you for all I think, say, and do.  Amen.