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Monday, 07 September 2009 04:11

"Thinking the best of other people" is necessary if we wish to grow in love.

 How easy it is to misjudge and how difficult it is to be impartial in judgment. Our judgment of others is usually "off the mark" because we can't see inside the person, or we don't have access to all the facts, or we are swayed by instinct and unreasoning reactions to people. It is easier to find fault in others than in oneself.

 

Friday of the 23rd Week in Ordinary Time

1 Timothy 1:1-2, 12-14

Psalm 16:1b-2a and 5, 7-8, 11

L uke 6:39-42 He also told them a parable: "Can a blind man lead a blind man? Will they not both fall into a pit? (40) A disciple is not above his teacher, but every one when he is fully taught will be like his teacher. (41) Why do you see the speck that is in your brother's eye, but do not notice the log that is in your own eye? (42) Or how can you say to your brother, `Brother, let me take out the speck that is in your eye,' when you yourself do not see the log that is in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take out the speck that is in your  brother's eye.

 

Meditation by Don Schwager

A re you clear-sighted, especially in your perception of sin and the need for God’s grace? Jesus' two parables about "poor vision" allude to the proverb: Without vision the people perish! (Proverbs 29:18) What does the illustration of a blind guide and a bad eye (the log in the eye) say to us? A bad eye left untreated and a blind guide can cause a lot of trouble that will only end in sure disaster! We can only teach others what we have been taught ourselves. And how can we help others overcome their faults if we are blinded by our own faults? We are all in need of a physician who can give us the kind of vision and clarity for overcoming the blindspots in our lives.

 

A true disciple of Christ is one who listens to the voice of their Master and who submits to the skillful help of the Divine Physician for treating and removing the cancer of sin in our lives. If we are to be guides and teachers for others, then we need clear vision, both spiritual and moral vision, and a map that shows us the right destination for our life's journey. If our ultimate destination is heaven, then there is only one way to get there and that way is through the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ. In the cross of Christ sin is pardoned and the sinner is made whole, darkness and corruption give way to light and truth, death is defeated and new life restored. The cross of Christ frees us from condemnation and guilt and shows us the way of perfect love.

 

Why is judgmentalism and a critical spirit so rampant today, even among Christians? "Thinking the best of other people" is necessary if we wish to grow in love. And kindliness in judgment is nothing less that a sacred duty. The Rabbis warned people: "He who judges his neighbor favorably will be judged favorably by God." How easy it is to misjudge and how difficult it is to be impartial in judgment. Our judgment of others is usually "off the mark" because we can't see inside the person, or we don't have access to all the facts, or we are swayed by instinct and unreasoning reactions to people. It is easier to find fault in others than in oneself. Jesus states a heavenly principle we can stake our lives on: what you give to others (and how you treat others) will return to you. The Lord knows our faults and he sees all, even the imperfections and sins of the heart which we cannot recognize in ourselves. Like a gentle father and a skillful doctor he patiently draws us to his seat of mercy and removes the cancer of sin which inhabits our hearts. Do you trust in God's mercy and grace? Ask the Lord to flood your heart with his loving-kindness and mercy that you may only have room for charity and forbearance towards your neighbor.

 

"O Father, give us the humility which realizes its ignorance, admits its mistakes, recognizes its need, welcomes advice, accepts rebuke. Help us always to praise rather than to criticize, to sympathize rather than to discourage, to build rather than to destroy, and to think of people at their best rather than at their worst.  This we ask for thy name's sake. (Prayer of William Barclay, 20th century)

 

Supplementary Reading

A HouSE foR A HouSE

 

Consider this: whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows bountifully will also reap bountifully. – 2 Corinthians 9:6

 

I looked at the floor plan that the architect had drawn for us. I couldn’t help but feel overwhelmed. This was going to be our house. It was hard to imagine how the rooms would look based on the two-dimensional drawing I was looking at, but for me, the house was as good as standing.

As I silently thanked the Lord for His mammoth blessing, I was reminded of a promise He made to me many, many years ago…I was praying in a tiny chapel at our community center when the Lord brought my attention to the tabernacle behind the altar. It was a simple but elegant receptacle that our Bible sharing group had donated when the chapel was being built. We were still young then, and hardly earning, so some of us probably gave our lifetime savings to purchase it. Then I felt the Lord speak to my heart, “You have provided a home for me; I will provide a home for you.”

Today, our house is on its way to completion. And so is God’s promise to me. He has returned to me a thousand-fold of what I had sacrificially offered to Him years ago. He never forgets His promise. Rissa Singson-Kawpeng

 

REFLECTION:

Don’t expect to reap where you have not sown. What kinds of seeds have you planted?

 

Jesus, You cannot be outdone in Your generosity. Teach me to be as generous as You.



GOD BLESS US ALL!
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