Monday, March 13, 2017

Stop Judging Others!

BEADS OF JOY 03-13-17
“Stop Judging Others!”
©2017 James Dacey, Jr. OFS

 My Friends,

Today’s Gospel: Luke 6:36-38 (Judging Others)
“Be merciful, even as your Father is merciful. "Judge not, and you will not be judged; condemn not, and you will not be condemned; forgive, and you will be forgiven; give, and it will be given to you; good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over, will be put into your lap. For the measure you give will be the measure you get back."

Jesus’ love and mercy must rule our hearts. We must never be a judge or ruler against anyone. Who do we think we are anyway? None of us dare qualify for such a role. Neither you or I decide who is good or bad or whatever; our objective as a true disciple is to love. Our faith is very distinct and that’s what makes it so different from others. Jesus teaches us to love one another no matter what; giving everyone the same equal love, kindness and mercy. We must be humble, yes.

Love is the key to our spiritual journey. We must lead our words, our actions, our choices and even our goals with love. Jesus is love. He taught us, that even in His death; He loved those who wrongly accused Him. He loved those who killed Him. He loved those who spit at Him. He loved those who hated Him. Jesus under all circumstances loved those who were against Him and despised Him and only desired to destroy Him. Love is the key to our spiritual journey.

On the Cross, Jesus Christ died so that we might live! Not so that we might judge others, but instead so that we can love others as Jesus loves us so much. Think about how much Jesus loves us. It is far too great and His mercy is sometimes incomprehensible. How can anyone love someone so much? Even more so: How can anyone love someone who even hates you, so much to kill you? Yet Jesus still loved them and forgave them and had compassion for them. That kind of love is incredible love, we must embrace it and learn to live it.

Pondering these thoughts today: Consider today’s gospel a challenge. Yes, a challenge! How many people do you know that maybe annoy you or aggravate you or that you have judged in whatever it is that they do? Today, just for today begin this way and pray, “Dear Jesus, I love ____ with a merciful heart, asking you Lord to guide me as I no longer judge ____ anymore. Instead I will pray for him/her with a loving heart asking you Lord to guide me closer to you. Please forgive me Lord for my cruel judgment against ____, I will instead focus on love from now on, with your help Lord. I ask this in your name. Amen.”


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

Today is Monday: We pray the Joyful Mysteries:

The Joyful Mysteries

1. The Annunciation (Humility) – Luke 1:26-28
2. The Visitation (Love of Neighbor) – Luke 1:39-45
3. The Birth of Jesus (Poverty of Spirit) – Luke 2:1-20
4. The Presentation (Purity of Mind and Spirit) – Luke 2:22-38
5. Finding in The Temple (Obedience) –Luke 2:41-50

I simply love mornings, because every morning begins with the Rosary.