February 26, 2018 – Monday in the 2nd Week of Lent

Saint for the day:Maria Bertilla Boscardin (October 6, 1888 – October 20, 1922

Scripture Readings for today’s Litergy:

Daniel 9:4b – 10 – Ps.79 –Luke 6:36-38

I cannot help the fact that I exist and that I sit at the center of my view of life. And it’s from the reality of this fact that I view – or judge – all and everything that touches me and my world. Yet Jesus says, ”Judge not and you will not be judged.” This seems to me to be a conundrum. I have to judge everything that I see so what is Jesus asking of me? Often when I go to a parish to do a Liturgy Workshop I feel I have to give some critical assessment of how the person read at the Mass I attended. One of the readers was somewhat nervous and didn’t do very well but I felt that I needed to say something even at the risk that it might make her more nervous

I cannot help but “judge” them as falling short of the potential of what they should be. I suppose others judge me on a variety of levels: When I was in Africa, I’m sure many thought that I should have picked up their language more quickly than I did

why haven’t I picked up this language more quickly? Why don’t I get my finances in order? Why am I always late for prayers?  And I’m sure there are many more things that people think I should be more proficient at. So we all judge. We can’t help but do that. So what does Jesus mean?

Perhaps we need to look at the end result of what happens after we judge. Are we judging a situation to make it better or are we judging to reduce something out of existence. Does our “judging” create or destroy? Does it build up or tear down? Amen

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