Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:
June 25, A.D. 2001
A brief reflection on today's Scripture passages:
"Judge not lest ye be judged." This language is so easy to remember. Almost everyone has heard this in the King James or Douay Rheims translations (very similar styles). But what is Jesus really saying to us here? I think there are a great many things mixed together in this extraordinarily wise teaching. He tells us a spiritual and powerful psychological truth which, in a sense, are one in the same.
Jesus tells us that every time we look at someone in judgment, we are seeing ourselves -- something we don't care for, something we'd like to get rid of. This is the powerful psychological truth. The spiritual side of it is, that if we know enough to condemn it and yet are guilty ourselves of it, then, indeed, we have rendered judgment.
If we would let people be, if we would allow them the freedom to be themselves, without being hedged in by our expectations of them, we might find ourselves freed from a great many burdens. It is hard sitting in judgment on so many things all day long. It is hard to try to retain the facade of perfection. We don't need to do it. All we need to do is turn the judging eye away from others and turn to God in love. We need to merely admit our own imperfections and not worry about those that we observe in others. We need the freedom to be what God has made us: loving images of Himself. And we can only be that when we back away from judging and meting out justice to the world.
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