Stop Judging!
Malvern Minute


June 26, 2017 – Monday of the Twelfth Week in Ordinary Time

The word of God is living and effective, able to discern reflections and thoughts of the heart. Alleluia!

Mark J. Poletunow, Malvern President (

Click for: Readings for the day (From the United States Catholic Conference of Bishops)

A reading from the holy Gospel according to Matthew (7:1-5)

Jesus said to his disciples:
Stop judging, that you may not be judged.
For as you judge, so will you be judged,

and the measure with which you measure will be measured out to you.
Why do you notice the splinter in your brother’s eye,
but do not perceive the wooden beam in your own eye?

How can you say to your brother,
‘Let me remove that splinter from your eye,’
while the wooden beam is in your eye?
You hypocrite, remove the wooden beam from your eye first;
then you will see clearly
to remove the splinter from your brother’s eye.”

Reflect: Stop judging, that you may not be judged. Maybe we rationalize judging others as simply being part of human nature. This gospel for today, however, reminds us that being judgmental is actually a defective element of human nature. Our tendency is to put ourselves in the center of the universe. As a result, everything and everybody must function according to our script for life, our designs. We provide no allowance for a variation on the theme. We expect everyone, no matter their life experience, to fit into the mold that we have created; after all, my universe is the only and perfect universe. Clearly, this formula removes God from the center. With God removed from the center, we are lost. Our perspective of life and how everyone else should conduct themselves can never replace God. In addition, when we entrench ourselves in judging others, we restrict God’s ability to forgive; not because God doesn’t forgive, but because we can’t receive forgiveness nor extend it to others. If our universe is already perfect, why do we need forgiveness? If we judge others, we aren’t allowing forgiveness to be extended to them. You hypocrite, remove the wooden beam from your eye first; then you will see clearly to remove the splinter from your brother’s eye. Resist judging others and let compassion, understanding and forgiveness take its place.

Questions: Am I conscious of how quickly I can judge another? Why do I need to judge others? Can I begin to radically resist judging others so as to leave the judgment to God?

Pray: Loving God, I thank you for your mercy, love and forgiveness. Remove the wooden beam from my eye so that I can begin to see the world and others as you see them. Please give me a heart that stops judging, and one that imitates your compassion, patience, understanding and forgiveness in my interactions with others. I pray this in the powerful and perfect name of Jesus. Amen.

The eyes of all look to you, Lord, and you give them their food in due season.                                      



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