To judge or not to judge

– Monday 12th Week in Ordinary Time –

“First, take the log out of your own eye, then you will see clearly to take the speck out of your neighbour’s eye”. [Matthew 7:1-5]

Being a parent to a toddler brings its unique and yet obvious challenges. Often, their not-so-good behaviour is met with strong warnings, stern looks, and a raised voice. As a parent, I have much learning to do in the area of patience and understanding. It’s easier to react than to stop and think- ‘What is this child going through?’ ‘Will this warning help with the situation?’ ‘How can I love him right now?’ These sorts of questions seek to love and understand the person as opposed to just seeing them as their actions.

Being able to judge behaviours and actions is necessary not only in raising children but in our relationships and other aspects of life. What Jesus warns us about is false and unnecessary judgement based on our own lack of understanding and weakness. We often want others to judge us with mercy and yet find it difficult to offer that in return. We judge ourselves by our intentions but see others solely by their actions and nothing more. Jesus warns us of this kind of judgement.

Jesus says, “take the log out of your own eye, then you will see clearly.” When we see clearly, we see through Christ’s eye. We can help others grow; we judge with love, patience and understanding. We have time to think about what the other person is going through, and we can meet them where they are at.


by Cosme Cham

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