Sunday, September 18, 2016

Reflection: Luke 16:10-13

The Twenty-Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time - Luke 16:10-13

Today’s Gospel is a “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? We all do it, but we do not like it when others judge us.

Today Jesus is reminding us to be mindful. He is 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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