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Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:

June 22 A..D. 2009


Scripture from today's Liturgy of the Word:



Genesis 12:1-9
Psalm 33:12-13, 18-19, 20 and 22
Matthew 7:1-5


A reflection on today's Scripture:





Stop judging. . . . (Matthew 7:1)

Isn't that the hardest thing in the world?

There is so much that needs to be judged, so much that begs to be found wanting, so much that falls below our standards of perfection. Indeed, so much that we have to include ourselves in the mix. When we start judging, we activate that human part of us that is most opposed to love. Judgment drives out love. For Jesus it may be possible to judge in love; for us humans, judging is part of the logical and critical faculties which we have chosen to wall off from love.

When we judge, we look into a mirror and see what it is about ourselves that we do not like. When we criticize others, it is often because their behavior most resembles what we would like to do ourselves, or what we would often find ourselves doing in the same situation.

Stop judging. Leave that to God. Start loving. Stop asking whether someone deserves our time, our love, our thoughtfulness, our money, our efforts, or whatever it is we would like to withhold. Instead ask, "Is this a child of God before me? What gift has God given me in the opportunity to show love?"

~ JuandelaCruz
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Monday, June 22, 2009

Monday of the Twelfth Week in Ordinary Time

St. Paulinus, bishop
St. John Fisher, bishop, martyr
St. Thomas More, martyr





Lives of the saints:









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