7 Sunday in ordinary time ‘c’
Have you ever heard the phrase: The final judgment is approaching? I am sure you have. We also refer to our God as a Righteous Judge because we know that at the end of time, we will be judged by our Righteous God. At the same time, we have doubts, and we wonder what that judgment will look like, how much mercy can we expect, and was my life good enough, and will I be forgiven for all my sins and mistakes I have committed? Nobody wants to be judged, and if you had the option then you would rather avoid that final judgment and go straight to Heaven. But this is impossible. Or maybe not… maybe there is something we could do in order to avoid that final judgment? Listen what Jesus said today: “Stop judging and you will not be judged. Stop condemning and you will not be condemned. Forgive and you will be forgiven. Give, and gifts will be given to you.” Again -- stop judging and you will not be judged. Who knows? Perhaps if we stop judging and criticizing others, we will save ourselves from being judged by God. I think this is worth trying. If you don’t like to be judged, stop judging others.