Judging Others

Luke 6: 36-38
Dn 9: 4b-10 / Ps 79: 8, 9, 11, 13

For the measure with which you measure, will in return be measured out to you.
(Luke 6:38)

The good in some we may discount
If we always tend to criticize;
We all shall be called to account
At the judgment seat of Jesus Christ.

“Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful. Do not judge, and you will not be judged. Do not condemn, and you will not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven. Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For the measure with which you measure, will in return be measured out to you.” (Luke 6:36-38)

Reflection

After teaching His disciples how to treat their enemies, Jesus next taught them how to treat their own friends who have offended them or behaved wrongfully. And His message consisted of: mercy, forgiveness, generosity and discernment. First of all, our Lord cautions us not to be judgmental. To be able to reject all kinds of injustice and unrighteousness, we must learn instead how to be discerning of what is good and evil. Through faith in God’s justice, insights from His Word, and the guidance of the Holy Spirit, we will be able to determine what is right and wrong. Then we can teach, encourage and rebuke with confidence. But always in humble supplication and with a heart predisposed to mercy will we receive this gift of discernment. Jesus told His disciples, “If your brother sins, rebuke him, and if he repents, forgive him. If he sins against you seven times in a day, and seven times comes back to you and says, ‘I am sorry,’ forgive him.” (Lk.17:3-4) We must never tolerate what is wrong, but we must always be predisposed to forgive the repentant wrongdoer.

Sis. Baby told of a trying period in her student days when she was wrongly judged by her religious superiors of having stolen the money of a classmate. She never told her parents about it, and decided to suffer the humiliation and punishment alone. But young as she was, she firmly believed that the truth would prevail, and soon enough the real culprit, another classmate with a problem of kleptomania admitted to the felony. Sis. Baby never harbored any bitterness, but graciously accepted the apologies of her superiors, her faith in God’s mercy fortified in her early years.

Have a merciful heart, rather than a judgmental one; forgive rather than condemn; and give of ourselves with compassion, without measuring the cost. And let the measure of our patience and forgiveness of others’ faults set the standard of our love for our fellowmen. If we can do these, then our merciful and forgiving Father in heaven will pour out His immeasurable generosity into our life. This is our Lord’s firm and dependable promise.

Thank You, Lord Jesus, for teaching us that there is only one standard by which we can judge others, and that is by judging our own motives. Amen.

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