I remember seeing an edited version of the Hippocratic Oath on a sign posted at my family physician's office. I was struck by the phrase, "First do no harm." That phrase has become imbedded in my mind ever since I first read it in the doctor's office as a teenager. I still remember where the sign was placed on the wall near the check out desk. While thinking about this phrase recently I was reminded of how closely it fits with many of Jesus' words:
"Behold, I am sending you out as sheep in the midst of wolves, so be wise as serpents and innocent as doves."
- Matthew 10:16
"Judge not, that you be not judged. For with the judgment you pronounce you will be judged, and with the measure you use it will be measured to you."
- Matthew 7:1-2
"A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another."
- John 13:34
"This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you."
- John 15:12
May it be that we, who bear the name of the greatest healer, would take to heart what he said, how he loved, and how he first did no harm.