Monday 21 June 2021

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St Aloysius Gonzaga

Genesis 12:1-9. Happy the people the Lord has chosen to be his own – Ps 32(33):12-13, 18-20, 22. Matthew 7:1-5.

Do not judge, and you will not be judged

Today’s Gospel bears one of the great, foundational Christian concepts: ‘Do not judge, so that you may not be judged’. Jesus conveys the idea in brilliant style. What begins with a stern tone (‘. . . the measure you give will be the measure you get’) enters a flamboyant dimension when Jesus presents the comic image of a person trying to perform a sensitive ophthalmological operation (‘take the speck from your neighbour’s eye’) while suffering from something like a telegraph pole stuck in his or her own eye. Jesus was both a genius of love and of language, and he used language to shake us hypocrites out of our complacency. Whenever we veer towards writing off a person – be he or she politician, bureaucrat, ‘outsider’, neighbour or that difficult family member who alternately bothers and embarrasses us – this image rears up, and the words resound: ‘Do not judge . . .’ Lord, help us to see.

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