20 Jan 2018: Judge Not…

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Saturday of the Second Week in Ordinary Time

Reading 1: 2 SM 1:1-4, 11-12, 19, 23-27; Gospel: Mk 3: 20-21

Today’s Gospel passage, though short gives us a very significant message suited for our daily living. The relatives of Jesus heard that Jesus had a few disciples and that he was busy among the people. Immediately they formed a judgment ‘he is out of his mind.’ In the Gospels we see Jesus telling us ‘do not judge others.’ But making judgments on things and other persons form part of our daily life. Even in the life of Jesus too we see him making a lot of judgments, both positive and negative. ‘Here is a man without guile, ‘among those born of women there is none greater than John the Baptist,’ ‘whitewashed tombs,’ ‘brood of vipers’ are all judgments made by Jesus on others. So what is the Christian teaching? In think it would be not to form judgment rashly without knowing the person and the situation in depth. The relatives of Jesus based themselves on some hear say and formed a judgment ‘he is mad.’ A person may be behaving in a particular way due to several reasons. Sometimes unkind remarks could make big scars in others’ hearts. I remember an experience shared by a priest. As a brother, he had in his class among many sisters, one with a short hair. They branded her as stylish. One day the brother went and asked her wittingly about the hair in a sarcastic way. She revealed that she had cancer and that she had undergone chemo and lost her hair due to it. The brother was at a loss. This is what could happen through our rash judgments. Jesus gives us the path of mercy and not judgment.

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