Posted by: livingscripture | October 12, 2011

Twenty Eighth Wednesday of Ordinary Time

From the Word of the Day 

“By your stubbornness and impenitent heart, you are storing up wrath for yourself for the day of wrath.”

                                       Romans 2: 5           

How should we live this Word

 

We are very quick to judge the situations or actions of others, slipping easily into disapprobation and condemnation.  It is a common tendency and we do not pay much attention to it when we find ourselves doing it.  Yet, how wounded we are when others treat us this way.

Judging does enter into our intellectual capacities that have been given to us and it is necessary to evaluate before taking up a position and making decisions so as not to be prey to the loudest voice or to those who subtly seek to control us.  This is an important task of the educator, educating to a healthy and balanced capacity for judgment.  However, we must not become critical grumblers, always pointing our finger at others, seeing only the negative, or trying to remove the speck from another’s eye while ignoring the beam that is in ours.

If we have a better knowledge of ourselves, reflecting on how much we owe God’s mercy maybe we would be more indulgent with others, quicker to understand and forgive.  Most of all, God constantly reminds us, not of our mistakes or of our sins, but of our hardness and obstinacy of heart that prevent us from recognizing His typical traits: mercy, benevolence, and forgiveness.                                                  

Today in my pause for silent contemplation, I will practice looking at others in the same loving way that God gazes upon me.    

 

My God, melt the hardness of my heart.  Remove my obstinate closure to love so that those who approach me may feel surrounded by Your merciful and generative love. 

The voice of St. Seraphino of Sarov, Orthodox Saint

 

Judge yourself.  Then you will stop judging others.


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