Through Lent with Pope Francis
The Lord Jesus shows us the steps of the pilgrimage to attain our goal: “Judge not, and you will not be judged; condemn not, and you will not be condemned; forgive, and you will be forgiven; give, and it will be given to you; good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over, will be put into your lap. For the measure you give will be the measure you get back” (Lk 6:37-38). The Lord asks us above all not to judge and not to condemn. If anyone wishes to avoid God’s judgement, he should not make himself the judge of his brother or sister. Human beings, whenever they judge, look no farther than the surface, whereas the Father looks into the very depths of the soul.Misericordiae Vultus
Luke 6:37-38 NCB
“Do not judge, and you will not be judged.
Do not condemn, and you will not be condemned.
Forgive, and you will be forgiven.
Give, and it will be given to you.
A good measure, pressed down, shaken together, and running over, will be poured into your lap.
The measure that you use for others will be used to measure you.”
Thought for Today
How easy it is to judge others and see ourselves as totally innocent.
When you are tempted to point the finger as the High Priest in today’s picture, take a moment to realise you may not know the heart or mind of the one you condemn.
Freely, Freely, sung by ‘Invitation Music, written by Carol S Owen