Thursday, October 13, 2016

Reflection - Luke 11:47-54

Thursday of the 28th Week in Ordinary Time - Luke 11:47-54

Jesus is not done with the Pharisees yet. He continues his confrontation of the Pharisees who do not practice what they preach. They harshly judge others simply by observing their actions. Have you ever been judged by another person for what they saw you do without asking you why you did it? I imagine that we have been on both sides of this scenario. We have judged others based on what we have observed. We also have been judged by others because of what they have observed us doing.

Often we are not even aware that we are making a judgment. Our minds work so quickly and so automatically. We may think we know the reason why someone is doing a particular thing. However, we might be completely wrong! We see only one small portion of the picture — and we may judge the individual on that glimpse.

I don’t appreciate it when another judges me on a piece of the picture. I assume you also don’t like it if someone judges you unfairly. None of us have the right to judge. God alone has that right!

Today when we find ourselves making a judgment about someone or something, may we stop, breathe, and then let go of the judgment. It not only frees the other person, it frees us!

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