October 14, 2015
You, O man, are without excuse, every one of you who passes judgment. For by the standard by which you judge another you condemn yourself, since you, the judge, do the very same things. . . . But there will be glory, honor, and peace for everyone who does good, Rom_2:1-11
There’s an old saying that goes: “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.” And then we can elaborate on that saying by adding: Forgive as we would like to be forgiven; Help as we would like to be helped; Give as we would like to be given to, in times of our own need; And, Love as we would like to be loved.
Today, both Jesus and St. Paul are warning their audiences of this same principle, The Golden Rule, with respect to judging others. They’re saying that if, in being judgmental, people think that they have somehow escaped judgment themselves, maybe, because of their authority, or power, or office, they need to think again, because God will be their final judge. And the mercy or lack of mercy that they had shown to others will come right back to them in The Final Judgment.
Jesus gave example after example of this principle throughout the Gospels.
It’s just a good reminder to us too, brothers and sisters, to always be aware of those thoughts, or words, or actions of our own that may be judgmental of others.
If we can learn, with the help of God, to harness a little self control in what we say and do and think, what we will discover in the process, is that when we replace that judgmental attitude with thanksgiving, and when we search for the good in others rather than their faults, which God forbid, we all have, then we will all begin to see this life in a whole new way, a whole brighter way.
You see, God loves us all so very much, that He wants only the very best for us. And that “very best” comes from our own hearts. When we can apply that Golden Rule to our lives, God Himself will shine His smile of Joy on us.
And that, by far, is the greatest reward we can ever receive!
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