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Who Appointed Me Judge?

Sunday, March 2, 2014

Eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time

“Therefore do not make any judgment before the appointed time, until the Lord comes, for he will bring to light what is hidden in darkness and will manifest the motives of our hearts, and then everyone will receive praise from God.” (1 Corinthians 4:5)

Today's passage from the First Letter to the Corinthians reminds me to stop passing judgment on myself or on another person, as Christ will bring to light the intentions of hearts when He returns.

I am a "J" (judging type) on the Myers Briggs Test, which means I like closure on decisions and events, and I find it difficult to stay in process indefinitely. It also means that I am prone to judging others and myself. My spiritual journey calls me to let go and "not make any judgment before the appointed time."

I am learning that when I forgive another, I release that person from my judgment. I also have experienced that when I "take myself more light" (as one friend put it), I release myself from my own judgment.

The gift of all this is more peace in my heart.

Gracious, spacious and precious God,

teach me to forgive by releasing the other from the sentence of my judgment;

give me the compassion to let go of sentencing myself.

We trust in Your infinite love.

Give each of us free and peaceful hearts. Amen.

Sister Ruth Geraets
Presentation Convent, Aberdeen, SD

Isaiah 49:14-15 • Psalm 62:2-3, 6-7, 8-9 •1 Corinthians 4:1-5 •Matthew 6:24-34

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