Jesus says; “Stop judging, that you may not be judged. For as you judge, so will you be judged….”. It’s hard for us not to judge others especially those who look or speak differently than myself. Our society and economy relies on judging. Eg: you need to buy my product because you don’t look like this beautiful model, etc…! We also judge heavily those who do not think like the media tells us we must think. Our church is heavily judged and condemned because of our defense of life from conception to natural death. Also our defense of the family which is one man, one woman and children.
Even though as Catholics we are heavily judged, we must pray that we don’t return judgement harshly in return. Jesus cares deeply about the way we perceive one another especially when our focus is on criticizing the people around us. Let’s face it, sin obscures our vision, especially the way we look at other people. Even in Cursillo we judge one another. I hear criticism from the kitchen because someone doesn’t peel potatoes or prepare a sauce the right way. I hear team talking about other teams member when they are not there. Sin can lead us to put people in negative categories.
So let us today take time to ask the Holy Spirit to remove the sin that clouds our perception of other people. Ask the Lord’s forgiveness for the times we have judged others. Then let us ask Jesus to help us see as he sees.
DeColores, Deacon Doug