Monday, June 25, 2007

By What Measure

Jesus said to his disciples:
“Stop judging, that you may not be judged.
For as you judge, so will you be judged,
and the measure with which you measure will be measured out to you.
Why do you notice the splinter in your brother’s eye,
but do not perceive the wooden beam in your own eye?
How can you say to your brother,
‘Let me remove that splinter from your eye,’
while the wooden beam is in your eye?
You hypocrite, remove the wooden beam from your eye first;
then you will see clearly
to remove the splinter from your brother’s eye.”
Matthew 7:1-5


Dear Father how true these words are that Jesus spoke about. Yet theses words are the hardest ones to do. We still judge Jesus even now, don't we. We judge him on whether or not our prayers get answered or whether a miracle is given we still judge. We do it with people in our lives and those not in our lives but in the lives of the people of the world in what we read about situations. We judge, we condemn often what we do not understand. Jesus knew all too well how being judged felt, he was judged on his healing, his sermons, his parables by the people of his time and also from our time. What right do we have to judge others when we have some of the biggest beams in our own eyes. Father help us to remove the logs that block our vision of those around us. Help us to love without measure so that when we encounter each other we see them with love, without judgement. May our encounter with the Eucharistic Lord be one with love and faith rather than judgement of where his presence is felt when we receive him.

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