Judging Others

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Reflection on the Gospel of the Monday

In The Second Week In Lent

Luke 6:36-38

Knowingly or unknowingly we continuously keep judging others.  Jesus said first remove the log in your own eyes and then look at the speck in someone else’s eye.  But most of the times we just are not able to see what’s happening in my own home, in my own backyard and keep finding faults in others

Every action of ours has a reaction, we all know.  In the above passage, Jesus clearly reiterates the same thing.  He also has given a solution to keep ourselves away from being judgmental and being good.  And what the solution? In the beginning of the verse, he says “Be merciful, even as your Father is merciful”.  We can be merciful to a person only if we try to understand the other person, if we are able to get into the shoes of the other person, we will never judge them.  We need to wait and talk to him/her and know the person’s current state of mind.  And Jesus also emphasizes on forgiveness, he promises that if we do not judge and we forgive, we would get back goodness in double measures from his abundance, much more than expected.  It could be peace, joy, happiness, healing or could also be in material form.  

But it is our human nature to judge and not forgive.  I have seen people making a statement like, I don’t like tall people, I don’t like too thin people.  These are general statements, but we don’t realise that we are condemning God’s creation.  God has created each person in a unique form each one of us is beautiful in the eyes of God as we are his creation, and we need to be in awe of it.  Just because we do not have the goodness of the other person, we criticize and then we get into a habit of judging.  

Let us listen to what Jesus is trying to tell us through this verse and in this lent take corrective actions and get ready to receive from our Lord.

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