Monday, March 5, 2012

Jesus, Free us of Harsh Judgments that we May Not Be Judged Harshly

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There is one thing of which we may be most certain, that our judgment about other's value is often askew and inaccurate.  We do not know what another has been through, what upbringing or education they have had, what their interior experience is, what graces they have been given or have not been given.  We only know that our capacity to weigh them is woefully lacking.  Because we are most certain of our own incapacity to judge their subjective experience and how often we are erroneous about it, we can be certain that is wise to not trust our judgments, but instead to be generous in the way in which we might measure.  In fact it is best to not measure at all.  Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta said, "If we judge others we have no time to love them."

This does not mean that we render ourselves morally incapable of judging moral acts, because the law of God always measures these objective criteria perfectly, forming our way of assessing a situation.  It means that we refrain from assigning and thus condemning the interior culpability or fault that is due to others in that situation.  Love doesn't not blind us to sin, but reveals it and sharpens our vision, yet at the same time illicits our pity and compassion on those who have sinned.  In this way we relate to others as our heavenly Father does fulfilling Jesus' words, "Be compassionate as your heavenly Father is compassionate."

The Immaculate Heart of Mary is free of any trace of judgment.  If you find yourself imprisoned by a heart that tends towards judging others rashly and therefore imprisoning them.  She can help you grow in humble love and service to tend more to free others of accusations rather than making them, to excuse rather than accuse.

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