Do you have a habit of putting others before yourself? When this is done in a good way, it can mean you are a peacemaker, a Saint even. However, if you take to judging how others act, react, the negative aspects of their lives above looking inward at your own life, it may be time for a reality check. We like to make judgements, good and bad, becoming distracted more by those around us and losing focus in making changes in ourselves. Remember the saying, "if you point a finger, 3 more are pointing back at you". If we always judge those around us, how will we ever make improvements in ourselves and become the people God is calling us to be? We are called to love, not judge. Make an effort today to be encouraging and loving towards others, letting go of the judgement.
Today's Gospel states:'He also told them a parable: "Can a blind man lead a blind man? Will they not both fall into a pit? A disciple is not above his teacher, but every one when he is fully taught will be like his teacher. Why do you see the speck that is in your brother's eye, but do not notice the log that is in your own eye? Or how can you say to your brother, `Brother, let me take out the speck that is in your eye,' when you yourself do not see the log that is in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take out the speck that is in your brother's eye' (Luke 6:39-42).
Today's reading talks about how you should not judge anyone, especially considering we all carry some form of baggage with us. We are all sinners in some way, and because God loves us so much, He gives us Jesus on the Cross, freeing us from the burden of sin. We too are called to be like Christ, bearing our own Cross and being sacrificial for others, loving, and not passing judgements. Think about strategies that you can use to let the judgements go and take some time to pray that God helps you to look inward.
Today we pray:
Thank You for loving me so much that You would give Your only Son on the Cross. Help me to grow as Your disciple, working on overcoming my sin, and not judging others for crosses they bear.
I pray in Your most holy name, Amen.