THEME: HYPER-JUDGMENTAL ATTITUDE POISONS LOVE AND HARMONY
He is a thief. She is a prostitute. He is a wicked man. She is a witch. He is too arrogant and proud. She is too rigid. They are too poor for my level. You are not my class. You can’t speak good English. These are all expressions that are very common in our society today, and that best portray how judgmental and condemning of others we have become in this generation. Attitudes like this, though seemingly simple and harmless constantly poison love and harmony in the community tremendously. And the truth is that, many of us who judge others as evil are even the ones who are more evil and wicked.
Today, Jesus is asking us a ground breaking question: Jesus’ teaching in the gospel of today provides a practical guide to spiritual growth. He says it is a sign of hypocrisy to tag others as evil while we paint saintly pictures of ourselves. The only path to peace is to reduce the amount of judgement in our lives and gradually seal our lips when tempted to utter judgement about others.
Thus, Our Blessed Lord exhorts: Be merciful, even as your Father is merciful. Judge not, and you will not be judged; condemn not, and you will not be condemned; forgive, and you will be forgiven; give, and it will be given to you; good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over, will be put into your lap. For the measure you give will be the measure you get back. Let us together build an attitude of love, of forgiveness, of blessings and of prayer for one another that the world may be a safe haven for all of us.
PRAYER: Lead me, Lord, in the path of life everlasting. Amen!
GOOD MORNING AND HAPPY WEEKEND!