Friday, October 3, 2014

Reflection: Luke 10:13-16

Luke 10:13-16

Today’s Gospel is the “woe to you” gospel. Jesus is berating the Pharisees for their lack of openness to him and to his message. Even before Jesus began to preach the Pharisees had tried, judged and condemned him.

Most of us, if not all of us, have a “Pharisee” within us. “Judging” others seems to be part of our human condition. Often I am not even aware of the judgments I am making about others. It happens so automatically. I may judge them on what they say, how they act or what they believe. At these times I am being the Pharisee! Yet who am I to judge? Yet we all do it! And we do not like it when others judge us.

Today perhaps Jesus is reminding us to be mindful. He may be asking us to be attentive not only to how and when we “judge” others but also to how we judge ourselves. We often are pretty vicious in judging ourselves. Today when we become aware that we are “judging” another or ourselves, may we pause, take a deep breath and deliberately let go of our judgment! Today may we strive to have the mind and heart of Jesus!

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