Don't Make Judgements!
Do you judge those around you? Not even necessarily through spoken judgement either, but just passing thoughts, glances at those walking by and passing hard-core judging thoughts. I know for myself, if I see someone give me a glare out of the blue for no particular reason, I judge them by thinking 'what's their problem'. It's so easy to fall into making judgements on those around us, and yet falling short at the end of the day when we should be reflecting on our own day, judging how we did personally, and observing what could be done better. Being in the teaching profession, it's hard not to reflect every day, especially on the new lessons I've given to students. Reflection is always important, as it helps us to improve and try to better ourselves, one day, one situation at a time. Do you spend more time passing judgement than making personal reflections and improvements? Maybe it's time to have a look in the mirror for a while.
Today's Gospel states:'But Jesus answered them, "My Father is working still, and I am working." This was why the Jews sought all the more to kill him, because he not only broke the sabbath but also called God his Father, making himself equal with God. Jesus said to them, "Truly, truly, I say to you, the Son can do nothing of his own accord, but only what he sees the Father doing; for whatever he does, that the Son does likewise. For the Father loves the Son, and shows him all that he himself is doing; and greater works than these will he show him, that you may marvel. For as the Father raises the dead and gives them life, so also the Son gives life to whom he will. The Father judges no one, but has given all judgment to the Son, that all may honor the Son, even as they honor the Father. He who does not honor the Son does not honor the Father who sent him. Truly, truly, I say to you, he who hears my word and believes him who sent me, has eternal life; he does not come into judgment, but has passed from death to life. "Truly, truly, I say to you, the hour is coming, and now is, when the dead will hear the voice of the Son of God, and those who hear will live. For as the Father has life in himself, so he has granted the Son also to have life in himself, and has given him authority to execute judgment, because he is the Son of man. Do not marvel at this; for the hour is coming when all who are in the tombs will hear his voice and come forth, those who have done good, to the resurrection of life, and those who have done evil, to the resurrection of judgment. "I can do nothing on my own authority; as I hear, I judge; and my judgment is just, because I seek not my own will but the will of him who sent me' (John 5:17-30).
Today's reading talks about how judgement time will be coming, sooner than we think. That means at some point, it will be our turn to stand trial ans jury. If you spend more time thinking about what your neighbour has done than looking at yourself, it's time to make a change and ask God to help you become the best version of yourself. How are we to change the world if we don't first make changes ourselves? Nobody is perfect right? Take some time to pray and ask God to help you learn to make more self-judgements, and grow as a person of love.
Today we pray:
Thank You for helping me to know You in my life and for giving me the perfect example of love through Jesus. Help me to not pass judgements on those around me, but learn instead to reflect ans make changes in my own life.
I pray in Your most holy name, Amen.