June 25, 2018

In Matthew 7:1, we read: “Stop judging, that you may not be judged.” Why can’t I get this right? Face it; you can’t get it right either. There I just judged again. Every time I read this passage I am convicted by the Holy Spirit; not so much on a major level but in the quietness of my heart. In other words by self-examination I see that I am still living in the flesh from time to time and not following the guiding of the Holy Spirit.

Our parents dedicated us to God when we were baptized, as my wife and I did with our children. Where is the dis-connect between my baptism and my judging? Father Eymard gives me insight on this question when he says “Work to become a saint, so that heaven may celebrate your feast! To be a saint, love our Lord dearly; sacrifice your personality to him and joyfully consecrate your whole life to him.”

Jesus tells us what not to do: “Stop judging.” He also tells us what to do: “…remove the wooden beam from your eye first; then you will see more clearly to remove the splinter from your brother’s eye.” And Father Eymard tells us how to do it: work, love, sacrifice and joyfully consecrate ourselves moment by moment throughout our days to the Lord.

Can we get started together?

Let Us Pray:

Dear heavenly Father we need help. Please guide us today in everything that we think, say, and do. Guide us by the power of the Holy Spirit to work at becoming a saint through love, sacrifice and joyfully consecrating ourselves to Jesus. In his precious name. Amen


Daily Eucharistic Reflection – Center for Eucharistic Evangelizing (eucharisticevangelizing.com)



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.