Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:
June 23, A.D. 2008
Scripture from today's Liturgy of the Word:
2 Kings 17:5-8, 13-15, 18
Psalm 60:3-5, 12-13
A reflection on today's Scripture:
You hypocrite, remove the beam from your eye. Then you will see clearly to remove the splinter from your brother's eye. (Matthew 7:5)
For a time I found today's Gospel reading puzzling until I realized that when we judge a person we are actually placing a value on them, counting them as being either worthy or unworthy. Only God can judge truly, because when He does, it is not the "worth" of a person that He examines, for every one of us, whether saint or sinner, God sees as one of His precious human creations whom He loves unconditionally.
God takes note not only of a person's behavior but also his every life experience, circumstance and motivation. His observations are always tempered by His Spirit of charity, mercy and compassion. We, on the other hand, make snap judgments in veritable, loveless ignorance, seeing only a person's external actions. This allows us to revel in devaluing a person so that we may bask in our own comparable superiority.
When we see a person seriously step out of the bounds of God's love and truth, we are obliged to come to their aid, first by our prayers to place them in God's keeping. Should the person turn to us for help, approach him in a truly humble and charitable way to offer a listening ear. Without our saying a word, talking about his concerns often leads to his seeing the need for change. But if he remains blind to the danger to his spiritual life, we are, in an act of Christian charity, to correct him.
Caution and self knowledge is necessary, for if we wish to help someone see the truth, unless our personal slate is clean, we will be seen as hypocrites. This plus self-righteous preaching is hurtful, and may cause the troubled person to be turned further away from God. A Christian's task is to make Christ seen through reliance on and obedience to the gentle prompting of His Holy Spirit and so become facilitators of God's healing and saving love.
O Redeemer God, fill us with the ability to live joyfully in the new life You gave us in Christ that others will be drawn to His way and truth and so also share in His new life. Amen.
- Marie Bocko, OCDS |
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