How swiftly we judge and condemn others and yet with sin we possess an impaired judgement. Even then are we called to judge others? We tend to cage ourselves by these acts and don’t even realise it. Questions we should be asking are, have we ourselves kept God our Father’s commandments? Have we lived according to His Will for us?
We are all called first and foremost to love one another and to be merciful. And by doing so we stretch our limited capacities beyond ourselves by the gift of divine grace poured out for us. For the measure we give is the measure we receive. Hence we can gauge the level of our growth in faith and love for our Lord by how much we are able and willing to tolerate even except the faults in others. And work instead to bring them to the truth and the light.
Jesus I want to be Holy as You Lord, are Holy. And to be merciful as You Lord are merciful. Amen
O Lord, God great and to be feared, you keep the covenant and have kindness for those who love you and keep your commandments: we have sinned, we have done wrong, we have acted wickedly, we have betrayed your commandments and your ordinances and turned away from them. We have not listened to your servants the prophets, who spoke in your name to our kings, our princes, our ancestors, and to all the people of the land. Integrity, Lord, is yours; ours the look of shame we wear today, we, the people of Judah, the citizens of Jerusalem, the whole of Israel, near and far away, in every country to which you have dispersed us because of the treason we have committed against you. To us, Lord, the look of shame belongs, to our kings, our princes, our ancestors, because we have sinned against you. To the Lord our God mercy and pardon belong, because we have betrayed him, and have not listened to the voice of the Lord our God nor followed the laws he has given us through his servants the prophets.
Jesus said to his disciples: ‘Be compassionate as your Father is compassionate. Do not judge, and you will not be judged yourselves; do not condemn, and you will not be condemned yourselves; grant pardon, and you will be pardoned. Give, and there will be gifts for you: a full measure, pressed down, shaken together, and running over, will be poured into your lap; because the amount you measure out is the amount you will be given back.’