A reading from the holy Gospel according to Matthew 7:1-5

Jesus said to his disciples: “Stop judging, that you may not be judged. For as you judge, so will you be judged, and the measure with which you measure will be measured out to you. Why do you notice the splinter in your brother’s eye, but do not perceive the wooden beam in your own eye? How can you say to your brother, ‘Let me remove that splinter from your eye,’ while the wooden beam is in your eye? You hypocrite, remove the wooden beam from your eye first; then you will see clearly to remove the splinter from your brother’s eye.”

The Gospel of the Lord.


It is safe to say that unless you have walked in someone else's shoes you will not know why they do certain things. At best we will interpret what they say or do based on our own experiences. And this is where our judgment will cause flawed results.

Every single person has a story. Before you open your mouth to pontificate, sit back and be aware of your surroundings, the problem and the possible reasons why a certain decision was made. See if you can understand.

If someone does not clean up, maybe their vision is not good and they don't see the dirt. Maybe they have arthritis of the hip or knee and movement is slow and painful.

If they can't comprehend, maybe they are dyslexic and they don‘t enjoy reading or don't comprehend as best they can.

If they are snappy maybe they are worried about a child that is sick, or maybe their spouse just asked for a divorce. Maybe they are overburdened with life.

We do need to use judgment to discern right from wrong, good from bad and acceptable from unacceptable. But refrain from the judgment when we put ourselves over others or superior.

"Stop judging, that you may not be judged."

God Bless You

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