A Penitent Blogger

Mindful of my imperfections, seeking to know Truth more deeply and to live Love more fully.

Quid sum miser tunc dicturus? Quem patronum rogaturus? Cum vix iustus sit securus?
Recordare, Iesu pie, Quod sum causa tuae viae: Ne me perdas illa die...

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Warnings for "good" people

Yesterday’s first reading was from the first chapter of Saint Paul’s letter to the Romans, in which he denounces the terrible sins committed by people in the world (then and now).

Today’s readings, on the other hand, are a warning for "good" people.

In today’s first reading (Romans 2:1-11), Saint Paul gives very strong warnings to those who passes judgment on others (which includes those who denounce others as "judgmental").

You, O man, are without excuse,
every one of you who passes judgment.

For by the standard by which you judge another
you condemn yourself,
since you, the judge, do the very same things.

We know
that the judgment of God on those who do such things
is true.

Do you suppose, then,
you who judge those who engage in such things
and yet do them yourself,
that you will escape the judgment of God?

Or do you hold his priceless kindness,
forbearance, and patience
in low esteem,
unaware that the kindness of God
would lead you to repentance?

We need to be clear about what is right and what is wrong and we must make prudential judgments when it comes to matters of safety and welfare, but we must be very careful about passing judgment on another person’s soul.

We too are sinners. We too are in absolute and desperate need of the grace of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.

Our Lord Himself in today's Gospel (Luke 11:42-46) also gives warnings to those who consider themselves good but give little consideration to anything or anyone else.

People who focus on their favorite details of religion but neglect discernment and love.

People want to be noticed for their religiosity.

People who dump the truth on other people without really helping people understand and follow the truth.

Yes, affliction and distress will come
upon everyone who does evil...
But there will be glory, honor, and peace

for everyone who does good...
There is no partiality with God.

Lord Jesus Christ, Son of the living God, be merciful to me – a sinner.

Lord Jesus Christ, Son of the living God, help me serve others.