Do you ever find yourself passing judgement on others? Why does this happen? People were always passing judgement about Jesus.
In the gospel today, Matthew 7:1-5, Jesus didn’t elaborate with examples of how judging others can be harmful but I’m sure if we stop and think about it, we could come up with a few.
How do we remove the splinters from our eyes that prevent us from seeing the goodness in others? One way is by thinking good thoughts.
A group of young children were given plastic eggs and told to go out into the field and seek examples reminding them of God, fill the eggs with the example and share with the group what they found. One found a three-leaf clover and compared it to the Trinity. Another found an insect and explained how God created it and gave it life.
A special needs child opened his plastic egg and it was empty. The other children made fun of him. They judged the child for not being able to find anything revealing life and God. When he was asked to give an explanation as to why his egg was empty, he said because it represented the empty tomb, Christ risen from the dead.
In our prayer today let us ask God for eyes to see others more clearly and the ability to possess good thoughts as well.
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About Father Leo Polselli, C.S.C.
Father Leo Polselli, C.S.C. is Chaplain at the Father Peyton Center in Easton, MA. Before coming to Holy Cross Family Ministries he served as a teacher and a parish priest. He also served for six years as a General Assistant of the Congregation in Rome, Italy. Originally from Fall River, MA, Father Leo grew up with eight siblings. Gifted with several languages, he is able to serve the Brazilian, Cape Verdean, Portuguese, Spanish and Haitian communities. When he's not greeting everyone who comes to the Father Peyton Center, you can find him regularly reading newspapers!