Gospel: Matthew 7:1-5
- Jesus said to his disciples, “Do not judge and you will not be judged. In the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and the measure you use for others will be used for you. Why do you look at the speck in your brother’s eye and not see the plank in your own eye? How can you say to your brother: ‘Come, let me take the speck from your eye,’ as long as that plank is in your own? Hypocrite, take first the plank out of your own eye, then you will see clear enough to take the speck out of your brother’s eye.”
“The measure you use for others will be used for you.” Do not these words sound strange coming from Jesus, who came to inaugurate the era of grace (a word that means gift)? Does he not sound like a banker here? In fact, worse: bankers give interest! How are we to understand what he is saying here? Think big! Jesus is telling us. Open up your heart, your mind, your hopes, your soul. To judge others is to trim them to your own measure. “You then,” wrote St. Paul, “why do you judge your brother? Or why do you look down on him”(Rom 14:10)?
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