March 21

Reflection

If you pull up the weeds you might uproot the wheat along with them.
Let them grow together until harvest
Matthew 12:24-30

Perhaps there were some overzealous “weeders” in Matthew’s congregation who wanted to purify the community by rooting out the bad seed. This seems to be a temptation for followers of Jesus in every age. We whip ourselves into a weeding frenzy, certain that we know the difference between weeds and wheat, and that we know how to deal with the weeds!

Jesus makes clear that we simply cannot be certain who is “in” or who is “out.” In fact, God’s judgment about these matters will take many by surprise. Thank God it is not up to us! We can leave the weeding to the angels, and get on with the mission Jesus has given us — proclaiming the good news of the kingdom of God drawing near.
Elizabeth Johnson

Prayer

May I grow in tolerance and patience.

Action

Consider where you might be self-righteous and judge others harshly if they do not agree with your beliefs. Where can you be more tolerant?

Suggested Reading

God causes the sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous.
Matthew 5:45

Being judgmental is very ugly. Judgment belongs only to God.
Pope Francis

By judging others we blind ourselves to our own evil and to the grace which others are just as entitled to as we are.
Dietrich Bonhoeffer

Judgments prevent us from seeing the good that lies beyond appearances.
Wayne Dyer

Judge tenderly, if you must. There is usually a side you have not heard, a story you know nothing about, and a battle waged that you are not having to fight.
Traci Lea LaRussa

If someone isn’t what others want them to be, the others become angry. Everyone seems to have a clear idea of how other people should lead their lives, but none about his or her own.
Paulo Coelho

The eye of judgment sees at a distance what it refuses to see in its own reflection.
T.F. Hodge,

No human race is superior; no religious faith is inferior. All collective judgments are wrong.
Elie Wiesel

Judgment is often no more than a confession of ignorance.
Bill Clegg

It’s very easy to be judgmental until you know someone’s truth.
Kate Winslet
 

 

 

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