June 22, 2020

Please read Matthew 7:1-5. We all know these verses and have heard them many times. I am one of the last persons who should be giving a reflection on judging others. I grew up in a home where I learned that everybody else had faults but us. How ridiculous. Old habits take a long time to break sometimes.

Discernment and judging are two different things. Discernment is not a sin; it is required. Judging others is a sin. How can I say, “I don’t like that person” after meeting them once? It is okay to disagree with others; it is not okay to judge others because they look different, sound different, have different views, act differently, or any other excuse we have. God has convicted me many times through his Spirit, saying, “How are you going to bring anyone closer to me the way you treat them, speak to them, or think about them?”

God is working and forming everyone he has created. Cars are not attractive while being built; paintings don’t look like much in progress; a house doesn’t appeal to too many while it is being constructed. We must extend grace to others as Christ has extended grace to us. Am I coming from a place of love or a place of self-righteousness?

Father Eymard was not only a brilliant man; he loved Christ and others. He truly is an example of Christian living. He stated, “Study their temperaments and approach them ordinarily with kindness and patience because people do not know or admit their defects of character. Self-love covers and protects our ego.” (To Father Michel Chanuet, January 1867)

Let Us Pray:

Dear Heavenly Father, forgive me for my sin of judging others. Help me to see them as you do with love, grace, and mercy. In Jesus’ precious name. Amen.


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About Rick Costanza

Rick is a parishioner at Saint Paschal Baylon Church in Cleveland Ohio and a member of the parish's Men's Bible Study.