Posted by: livingscripture | June 25, 2012

Twelfth Monday of Ordinary Time

From the Word of the Day 

“Stop judging…”

                                                      (Matthew 7: 1-5)                                         


How should we live this Word


Jesus is very adamant in this exhortation which comes in the general context of social relationships as He preached in the Sermon on the Mount and in the Lord’s Prayer.  The purpose of society is to bind people together, even if they are in conflict.  Jesus emphasizes here and elsewhere that the only road to harmony and justice depends on certain attitudes of mind and heart. 

Basic to this is a deferential attitude of accepting faults that are common to all of humankind.  How often we see what appear to be glaring defects in others while we ignore our own that may be the same and even greater.  Jesus asks us to take a good look at ourselves, humbly acknowledging our own shortcomings, accepting them, and seeking to better ourselves.  Only in this way are we able to accept human faults in others and ourselves, seeking reconciliation at a deep level.  This includes love of neighbor and even enemies based on our love of God. 

Fundamentally, Jesus is asking us to treat others, as we want to be treated, thus living the Golden Rule.  We desire compassion and understanding.  This is what we must extend to others.  Only then can we call ourselves Jesus’ followers and children of God, our Father.


Today in my pause for silent contemplation, I will reflect on my attitude toward the fragility and shortcomings of others.  Am I full of compassion and understanding?  Or am I quick to judge negatively?


Dear Jesus, help me to accept my own faults and those of others with compassion and love, just as You accept me.  Help me to overcome a judgmental attitude. 

The voice of Pope Benedict XVI


God’s heart calls to our hearts, inviting us to come out of ourselves, to forsake our human certainties, to trust in Him and, by following His example, to make ourselves a gift of unbounded love.


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