Friday of the Twenty Third Week in Ordinary Time

1Tim. 1:1-2, 12-14 | Ps. 16:1-2, 5:7-8, 11 | Lk. 6:39-42

 Jesus tells us that we should not judge others.  In fact, Jesus is blunt when He says: “Hypocrite, take the beam out of your eye before you try to take the splinter out of your neighbor’s eye.”  This is part of what Paul is trying to say when he gives praise to Jesus for all that Jesus has done in his life.  He does not condemn others.  He has learned that persecution of those who are your enemies is not the way to go.  To follow Jesus’ call, one must be open to see that one does not have the hold on what is right and good.  We are all in need of seeing our weaknesses and areas of sin.  When we have come to recognize these, we no longer think of the sin of others, we no longer look to condemn.  Rather we come to acceptance and forgiveness.

Pause to reflect on Christ’s words.  Where are you on the scale of judging?  How might you be called to do less?  Begin today.

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