Posted by: livingscripture | October 14, 2015

28th 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.  We know that the judgment of God on those who do such things is true.  Do you suppose, then, you who judge those who engage in such things and yet do them yourself, that you will escape the judgment of God?  Or do you hold his priceless kindness, forbearance, and patience in low esteem, unaware that the kindness of God would lead you to repentance?”     

(Romans 2: 1-4)

 

How should we live this WordPaul

 It is human beings who broke the initial harmony, introducing an element of disorder that has made things evil.  Thus, the capacity to judge, which of itself should lead to the acknowledgment of the sovereignty and holiness of God and of our creaturality and unworthiness, is used in a disordered way.  It leads us to substitute ourselves for God, usurping His position as judge.  We adopt our judgments of intolerance and hardness, contrary to the categories of God’s judgment that are mercy and patience.

I should delve into the folds of my ego to highlight this tendency to make myself the judge of others and to exonerate myself.  I will make the resolution to value my critical ability, using it however, according to God’s plan, that is, in line with what makes love grow.

In my pause for silent contemplation, I will ask Jesus to help me to use the gift He gave me to judge right from wrong, good from evil in the way He intends and never to judge the motives of others, which are always known only to Him.

Lord Jesus, You have not made me the judge or the executioner of others.  Purify my judgments so that they are directed to the exaltation of the mercy and patience that always reach me and which I want to reflect onto others.

 The Voice of Mother Teresa of Calcutta

 If you judge others, you will have no time to love them.

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