I give you a new commandment: love one another as I have loved you (John 13:34).
This beautiful verse from the gospel acclamation accords well with today’s gospel reading. The words judge or judgment are mentioned repeatedly in Jesus’ teachings. As a young adult, I had a bad habit of being judgmental. Trying through the years to figure out the reason for this, I discussed it with people I admired and whose opinions I valued. Slowly, I realized that this could be a sign of envy or jealously, insecurity, or even anger. Eventually, I gained an understanding and set my sights on making a change in myself.
The first thing I had to do was simply to quit judging people. Next was to try to understand why people were behaving or acting as they were. Understanding brought forgiveness and reconciliation with anyone I may have openly criticized or, most importantly, with my own innermost thoughts. I must refuse to see others as anyone less than someone created by God. My number one goal was to treat others as God was treating me.
Like most people, I have had an experience of someone severely criticizing me to a group of my friends and relatives. Hearing about what had happened, my forgiveness was almost instantaneous. Knowing this person’s history, I could grasp the reasons for what had occurred and overlook what was done. Though no apology was ever offered, none was needed. I simply asked God to grant his blessing and join me in forgiving the abusive words. I decided not to judge the person. I learned something about that person and — about God. Jesus never judged anyone. Case closed.
Remember a time when you may have been offended and try sincerely to forgive and forget.
Let us Pray:
Today I will choose you, God. Today I will love you and all those you love. I will thank you for the moment to pray. I will invite you into my life. I will be kind in thought, word, and deed to all those I meet tomorrow. I will forgive so that I may live with you, God. Amen.
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