Friday, September 9, 2016

Stop Judging Others

BEADS OF JOY 09-09-16
“Stop Judging Others”
©2016 James Dacey, Jr. OFS

My Friends,

Today’s Gospel: Luke 6:39-42 (Stop Judging Others)
“He also told them a parable: "Can a blind man lead a blind man? Will they not both fall into a pit? A disciple is not above his teacher, but every one when he is fully taught will be like his teacher. Why do you see the speck that is in your brother's eye, but do not notice the log that is in your own eye? Or how can you say to your brother, `Brother, let me take out the speck that is in your eye,' when you yourself do not see the log that is in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take out the speck that is in your brother's eye.”

Ok… I am going to listen to my own title and Not write about Judging Others or groups of Others to defeat the purpose of this reflection. Instead, let us look at what Jesus wants us to do. He wants us to HEAL our relationships! He wants us to restore them with His love! He wants us to be like Him in many ways and do all we can do build relationships rather than destroy them. So let’s NOT judge others in any way. Because in all reality, that’s God’s Job, not ours. Let’s leave the Judging to Him, after all He will judge us all. Instead let’s be the peacemakers.

Kindness and mercy go a long way. Remember any judgment can be wrong and misguided, so the best way to avoid a difficult situation that could cause some serious heartache of wrongful accusation, is just avoid it completely. We are not perfect, not one of us can say that we are. So instead, let us think the best of others, to the best of our ability and let us try to always be known for that. Kindness and mercy go a long way. A critical and harsh spirit are hard to love; but a merciful, kind and loving spirit can be easy to love. Be that spirit to all. Shock the world by your kind, merciful love. Think about it, anyone can say, “Look how horrible you are. You fool!” Rather be the one saying. “You’ll get through this, I’m here for you my friend.” Always think this: Kindness and mercy go a long way.

Ask Jesus to fill your heart with His love. His kindness. His mercy. So that you may be more charitable to others in all situations, even when they offend you. Ask our Lord to remove all the sin of selfishness, that puts the judgment of others in your heart. We must practice and focus to do our best daily, to think the best of others always. If the love inside our hearts ever has a chance to grow, then we must not allow the sin of hurting others to grow with that love. They cannot grow together. In order to allow the love inside our hearts to grow, we must tear out the weeds of judgment so that our kindness and our mercy is pure. Kindness and mercy go a long way. Till we meet again tomorrow on these same pages, have a fantastic day.


Your brother in Christ Jesus 
And His Most Blessed Mother,
Jim (The Rosary Man) Dacey Jr OFS


Today is Friday: We pray the Sorrowful Mysteries:

The Sorrowful Mysteries

1. Agony on the Garden (Sorrow for sin) –Matt 26:36-46
2. Scourging at the Pillar (Purity) –Mark 15:1-16
3. Crowning with Thorns (Moral Courage) –Matt 27:27-31
4. Carrying of the Cross (Patience) –Mark 15:20-22
5. The Crucifixion (Perseverance) –Luke 23:33-46
Thank you Lord for loving us so much…

Rosary Man Jim’s Sorrowful Reflection:

FRIDAY’S I share this meditation I wrote back in 2010. Here I share my own personal insight and experience, as I journey with our Lady from station to station.

Many Franciscan groups around the world use this for their own group gathering while they meditate the Stations with our Lady. It is unique and emotionally very moving as you move from station to station… From my heart to yours.