Tuesday of Week 12 in Ordinary Time

2 Kings 19:9-11,​14-21,​31-36; Psalm 47(48):2-4,10-11; Matthew 7:6,​12-14

Although the Gospel today is commendably short - a quick glance at the bible reference will reveal that there is a 'chunk' missing! The fragment we do have, is full of meaning. The use of the term 'dogs' for example. In the culture of the day and of the author, a 'dog'. or 'barbarous' was anyone who could not speak Greek - whatever they were saying was of no consequence, as they sounded no better than a pack of dogs barking. However, looking at how Jesus uses the term, it seems he is in a more gentle way talking about those who do not yet understand, who are still seeking. And the 'Golden rule', common in Hellenistic life, was to not do to another what you would not want them to do to you. Fair enough you might think - but Jesus has inverted it - do unto others what you would hope they might do for you...

The missing chunk? That contains another set of rules of life, which are very much worth reading: in every one Jesus spins a common rule of life and gives it a positive twist: Ask, do not take: Be generous, not selfish, recognise the good in yourself, but recognise that God who is so much more than you can be - will give you so much!

“Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds;and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.

“Which of you, if your son asks for bread, will give him a stone? 10 Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a snake? 11 If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him!

 

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