Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:
March 9 A.D. 2009
Scripture from today's Liturgy of the Word:
Psalm 79:8, 9, 11 and 13
A reflection on today's Scripture:
Stop judging and you will not be judged. (Luke 6:37)
These words are so hard for us. Biology itself demands that we judge -- we need to know whether what we face is good or hurtful. We need to know what decision to make. We need to know what is the better choice. All of these are a matter of judgment -- and Jesus would not say that we should not do them. He might speak of them by another word -- discernment, but He would agree that they are necessary activities.
What is not necessary is the judgment that is condemnation. For example: "That person doesn't dress like I do and so they are not worth my company." In a very real sense, we are dismissing a person into the hell of lonely isolation because we don't care for their type of dress. When we say "that person thinks that such and such a public figure isn't a good person, so that person is on an express train to Hell," we are judging with this condemnation what Jesus wanted us to avoid.
And it is part of our nature. We crave feeling good about ourselves. One of the ways we seek this is to put others down. But Jesus shows us that when we do that, we only continue the vicious cycle and we don't end up feeling better about ourselves.
If there were a single practice that we could all give up for Lent, certainly judgment in this way would be a good one. By abandoning judgment, we could take up Love and so offer the world a taste of God.
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Monday, March 9, 2009
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