We will be judged by the measure with which we are measuring others!

March 5, 2012 Daily Gospel

The subject of today’s Gospel is one that touches many people. It’s the tendency to judge those around us. We are reminded to “stop judging and you will not be judged” and also to “forgive and you will be forgiven.” The Gospel goes on to remind us that we will be judged by the measure with which we are measuring others.  That would be pretty harsh for some of us.

We are not really capable of knowing the motives of another person, but more important on a day to day basis, it is not our role to judge the actions of others. We have enough to worry about in keeping our own intentions pure and worthy of a Christian. Let our energy instead be directed toward forgiveness and toward a loving, giving spirit. God will take care of the rest. We are enjoined to strive towards treating others, both friends and enemies, without judgment or condemnation.

Jesus promised that those who give will receive in “good measure pressed down, shaken together, running over…[poured] into the fold of” their garment . This means that you who give to Jesus will receive even more work to do. However, you will be given more resources with which to serve Him, and your work will result in a great harvest, even a hundredfold one.

Jesus challenges each of us this Lent to work for Him more than ever before. His heart yearns for all to be saved and know the truth. He longs to gather His estranged children under His wings. Jesus says to all His disciples: “Listen to what I say: Open your eyes and see! The fields are shining for harvest!”.”Do whatever He tells you”.

When we give, we open the door to let the Lord lavish His love on us. The Lord desires to bless us “good measure pressed down, shaken together, running over”. Yet He does not force His love on us. We must open up to His love. By giving, we tell God how open we are to receiving. “For the measure you measure with will be measured back to you.

Most people think of themselves as “generous,” but this is often not completely accurate. The financial problems of churches, the lack of religious vocations, and our perfunctory “celebrations” of Mass are signs that we have trouble giving. This is to be expected because God’s kind of giving goes against our selfish human nature. When we admit our problems in giving, we can ask God to help us.

Giving is not primarily a matter of finances but often of forgiveness. That’s why the Lord commands us to pardon one another before commanding us to give. In the verse recited just before pardoning, Jesus commands us not to judge or condemn others (Lk 6:37). The keys to giving are forgiving and not judging or condemning.


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