In today’s Gospel, Luke 6: 36-38, Jesus tells us to “Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful. Stop judging and you will not be judged. Stop condemning and you will not be condemned. Forgive and you will be forgiven”. He is telling us we should be judging ourselves and not others. He asks why we notice the splinter in our brother’s eye, but do not perceive the wooden beam on our own?
People seem very quick to condemn others these days. Yet we often see those that are pointing out the faults of others, are caught with faults of their own. As Jesus said to those that wanted to stone the woman caught in adultery, “let he who is without sin cast the first stone”.
If we followed this command, there would be a lot less stone throwing going on.
I certainly am not perfect enough to throw any stones.
Jesus told his disciples they should stop judging and condemning and start forgiving and loving.
I’m sure he would have the same advice for us today. If we imitate the mercy of the Father,
mercy will be shown to us. This is what his kingdom is about.
De Colores, Deacon Kevin