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.

  • Laura Kazlas

    This is a different gospel than the one on the USCCB website that I read for mass today. Today is the Solemnity of the Birth of Saint John the Baptist.

    And by the way, there is some sort of image that is almost blocking the readings for mass on your web page. This image does not show up on my iphone, but on my home computer it almost entirely blocks the USCCB readings on your website. I usually read your website on my iphone and never noticed it on the mobile version of Catholic Exchange’s website before.

    (ps. Your Facebook sign in button below isn’t working either.)