Your word is a lamp for my feet and a light for my path. (Psalm 119)
It is so easy to enter into a judgement of the actions, ideologies or stories of others, despite Jesus’ counsel, “Do not judge!” Why? “So that you may not be judged.” When [I] judge [you] – always wrongly, because I do not know the whole truth, and am not without prejudice –then you can and most likely will, judge me. The result of judgement (a.k.a. prejudice, diminishment, put-downs, racism, profiling, etcetera) is an ever-escalating abasement and intrusion into the dignity and sacredness of ‘the other’ that is tossed back and forth from one party to another. Yes, I am to discern the path for my life, but judging and fixing others is a role reserved for God alone. Although He was the one human being whose sight was unhindered enough to judge others’ behaviors, thoughts, and life-stories, Jesus judged no one as he moved through the crowds, and even forgave the actions of his accusers and abusers in the depths of his agony on the cross. Will I find Jesus’ way to live in this world without judging it? Christ Jesus, teach me to not judge.
Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall have their fill. (Matthew 5;6)
The position of God has been filled, and you did not get it.
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Beverly Illauq lives in Kemptville, Ontario, where she greets each morning by seeking the Gospel Mystery of the Day - the Word of the Lord for direct and practical application to the specific challenges & joys of the day.