Posted by: livingscripture | October 16, 2013

Twenty-eighth Wednesday in Ordinary Time

From the Word of the Day

“You, O man, are without excuse, every one of you who passes judgment.  For by the standard by which you judge another you condemn yourself, since you, the judge, do the very same things.”  (Romans 2: 1)

            

How should we live this Word? Jesus and apostles

In the first chapter of his Letter to the Romans, St. Paul has described the situation of the pagans who do not know God and reject Him because they want to make themselves gods.  Yet, not even the Jews who have a just idea of God and know His commandments can consider themselves privileged and excused from His severe examination.  Every one, on the judgment day, will reap what was sown, either eternal life or condemnation.

In our exams of conscience we sometimes put in act a false revision of life based on criteria that we ourselves have formulated and on the basis of which we easily absolve ourselves while we condemn others with great severity.  Instead, we should keep in mind that the only judgment responding to truth is God’s judgment.

The true disciples of Jesus, we Christians, are mature in faith when we do not pretend to judge others, but present ourselves with humility to God’s judgment.  Then our revision of life, our exam of conscience become authentic and urge us to have true conversion that consists in renouncing ourselves and opening up to God’s Love that inevitably brings us to love of others.

Today in my time of silent contemplation, I will remain before Jesus and take a good look at my way of judging others and judging myself, without any fear of the truth. 

Omnipotent and eternal God, grant that we Your faithful may enter deeply into Your mystery of salvation and live it with real charity among ourselves.  In this way, we will give the world a credible witness of Your Love. 

The Voice of Arthur Graf, Poet and Literary Critic 

The judgments we pass on others tell what we ourselves are.


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