Monday 26 June 2023

About Today Readings

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

Let us treat others with charity and generosity

What is it that makes judginess so attractive? Why do we flock to the drama? I can’t believe she said that to you! How could he have been so thoughtless? Reality TV has built an entire industry on our desire to feel superior by judging others and casting villains. When we assume the worst of people, the world becomes simple and comfortable. Yet there’s still that yuck feeling, a nasty aftertaste. Gossiping and speaking uncharitably about others is a lot like bingeing on junk food – a compulsion that does not feel good afterwards. Today’s Gosple reminds us not to judge others. When we allow for nuance, we see that the people we most want to condemn are the ones that display our own faults and shortcomings. This is not a comfortable truth to sit with.

Lord, help me to reserve my judgment, to focus on my own spiritual needs, and to treat others with charity and generosity.

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