Monday of the Second Week in Lent
Judge yourself with the judgement of sincerity and you will judge others with judgement of charity- John Mason.
In today’s Gospel, Jesus has commanded us to be merciful as our heavenly Father, and not to judge people unnecessarily. Jesus does not forbid the use of the faculty of judgement. We have to judge between the good and bad. We have to judge new doctrines, new teachings, new institutions, actions and behaviour.
At times we must judge people and their behaviour to see how far we can go along with them without treading upon evil, and how far can we accept them into our Church and community without getting influenced and affected by their unchristian behaviour and beliefs. When Jesus commanded us not to judge, He does not forbid us from exercising the gift of natural intelligence. He only forbids hasty, uncharitable and unmerciful judgement on people when it concerns their faults. We must remember that-
- Jesus condemns hasty judgements
Making unfavourable judgements about people without sufficient evidence or within a short time before giving sufficient time for the facts to emerge, is a sinful judgement. Our hasty judgements often are fired more by our prejudice and resentment than by our love for justice.
- Jesus condemns uncharitable judgements
Uncharitable judgements does a lot of mischief in ruining people’s goodness and benevolence. It kills the very spirit of kindness.
- Jesus condemns unmerciful judgement
Unmerciful judgement is a judgement which is disproportionately harmful. It is aimed more at crushing a person than at reforming him.