Today’s gospel appears very straightforward. Jesus said, “Do not judge, and you will not be judged.” In its original context, Jesus is speaking to those who thought of themselves as being better people than their supposed “lesser” brothers; or the just judging the sinner.
Now, however, it is simpler to interpret. As we try to live our life in the best way possible and in the most pleasing way possible to God, we should take this statement to heart: “Do not judge, and you will not be judged, and the measure you use for others will be used for you.”
Simply put, when we look upon each other, we should choose not to criticize another without looking at our own “shortcomings” first. And even then, at the end of the day, we should just not criticize or judge because none of us is truly superior over any other person. But most of all, to judge others is not pleasing to God. And when we displease God, then we have failed to earn God’s grace and promise to let us enter the Kingdom of Heaven.
Points to ponder: How many times have you looked at the person who served you at the restaurant, or your colleague or friend or even a family member, and said an unkind word about and to them? You know you had those thoughts, because we all had them. Instead of criticizing, maybe we could live by this simple rule – “If you can’t say anything nice, don’t say anything at all.” And see what kind of “world” will come out of being kind and not judgmental.