Monday of the 12th Week of the Year

Matt 7:1-5

Judging Others


“If you want to avoid judgment, stop passing judgment.” This is a simple caution to people who seem to enjoy faultfinding and could not do away with judgmental attitudes. Jesus reminds us that we must not judge rashly and not pass judgment upon anyone without any ground. We must not make the worst of people. We must not quarrel with others for small faults, while we allow ourselves in even greater ones. Some sins are as motes, while others are as beams. Some as a gnat, others as a camel. Not that any sin is little; if it be a mote, or splinter, it is in the eye. If a gnat it is in the throat. Both are painful and dangerous and we don’t feel well until they are extricated. That which charity teaches us to call but a splinter in our brother’s eye, true repentance and godly sorrow will teach us to call a beam in our own. It is as strange that a person can be in a sinful, miserable condition and not be aware of it, as that a person should have a beam in his eye and not consider it. But the god of this world blinds their minds. Jesus declares that the person judging will be judged because judging assumes a divine prerogative. Final judgment belongs only to God, and those who seek to judge others now will answer then for usurping God’s position. Here is a good rule for reprovers: first reform yourself. (Fr. Louie Punzalan, SVD Bible Diary 2004)


How can Jesus be so careless with His words in telling us to stop condemning and judging people? How can we ever resolve all the cases pending in the courts of law? How can a person even possibly realize, change and repent for his mistake, if he is not reprimanded in some way?

Can we just imagine the numerous and disastrous effects, if there is no form of condemnation, judgment and verdict on the actions of people? We will surely have a chaotic and lawless country. Crimes will be unstoppable. Criminals will remain free. People will live in fear. Justice will never be attained. Is this what God has in mind in today’s reading?

The reading has nothing to do with the justice system and the rule of law. Jesus wants to teach us something which has to do more on the way we should treat and relate with each other whether in big communities, families and areas of work.

Definitely, to pass judgment or opinion on one another’s behavior, mistake and lifestyle can never be eliminated. We always have something to say, something to correct, something to criticize and something to condemn. In fact, Jesus wants us to seek out the “Lost sheep” through fraternal correction, “if your brother sins, go and tell him his faults between you and him alone.”

Where is the problem then? It is, indeed, so easy to find fault and judge others harshly. But before we do that, we have to be sure that we ourselves are completely clean and that we are not guilty of the same mistake, sin and offense. We are quick to comment and criticize the faults of others but we fail to look into our own glaring faults. Let us look first within ourselves before we look and pass judgment on others. Why? Jesus simply tells us that we are not perfect enough to do that. Only God is perfect and He, therefore, keeps inviting us to imitate Him.

Do we easily condemn and judge people’s faults? Remember that when we start pointing our fingers at others, three fingers are pointing at us. Today, let’s do our best to focus and to speak more on the good and pleasant qualities of others. Can you do it now to somebody who perhaps has been waiting for a long time to hear something good from you? (Fr. Gerry Donato, SVD Bible Diary 2005)


A parody of “not passing judgment” goes this way, “Don’t judge because you are not a Judge (that is, of the court). “Don’t judge anybody because she/he is not book,” (from Don’t Judge the Book by its Cover).

Not passing judgment is always a ticklish matter. Does it mean for example being tight-lipped in the face of evil or wrong? A distinction should be made between judging the act of the person and judging the person per se.

Judging the act, which in most cases is bad or wrong, is making the other realize the social consequences of she/he has done. The purpose is to correct. Even Jesus mentions fraternal action as a social responsibility. Even here, we are cautioned to be slow in judging in order to avoid blunders

Judging the person, which in all cases generalizes a person as bad, is what our gospel today exhorts us to avoid. Every person has a good side and a bad side. Unfortunately it is the bad side that gets much of the flak. It’s like missing the whole paper because of one black dot. Human eyes tend to see the negative before the positive, the evil before the good.

To avoid being hypocritical, R. Stevenson has these words to share: ‘There is so much good in the worst of us, and so much bad in the best of us. That it ill behooves any of us to speak ill of the rest of us.” (Fr. Joe Mirabueno, SVD Bible Diary 2006)


Mother Teresa once said: “The opposite of love is not hatred but indifference.” Certainly, most of us feel the great temptation of judging others. Reading the words of Jesus today, we can interpret this as being told not to judge others, such that we should mind our own business. Here lies the greater temptation of falling into the state of indifference. “It does not concern me, why bother.” “I don’t want to say anything. I am guilty of the same thing.” “People might think I am self-righteous if I say that.” Let them be, I am too busy with my work.”

If we try to look at comments like these, we realize that it is not about trying to avoid judging others. Rather, it is putting “myself” in the center of things. Oftentimes, we concern ourselves with the faults of others, thus choosing to ignore our more serious offenses. We want to make a good image of ourselves and conceal our weak points. Then, we succumb to judging our brothers and sisters.

As we reflect on the words of Jesus today, we realize that recognizing the faults of others is not prohibited. Jesus, in another gospel text, even encourages fraternal correction (Matt 18:15ff). What is being emphasized is that we should not pass judgment in the spirit of arrogance, forgetful of our own faults, shortcomings, inadequacies. Recognizing them and in spite of them, we are called not to be indifferent but to love others.

The key word for today then is humility, having a humble heart. If we are humble enough, we can look more clearly into ourselves and accept our faults. We may be worse than our brother or sister, but this should not prevent us from expressing our love for them by telling them their faults. Telling others of their faults with a humble heart is our expression of love. In the same way, if we are criticized for our own faults, we will not feel discouraged, for it is love revealed to us. Let us not ignore the opportunities sent to us. As we avoid judging our brothers and sisters, let us not be indifferent to them. (Fr. Edgardo R. Santiago, Jr SVD Bible Diary 2007)


Some years ago, a Philippine president was being accused left and right of accepting protection money from illegal game (jueteng) and other immoral activities. To defend himself, he cited this passage from the Gospel of Matthew: “Do not judge, so that you may not be judged,” (v. 1). If we see something wrong in a person, are we not to judge him/her?

This gospel text belongs to Jesus’ long Sermon on the Mount, consisting of three chapters (5-7). A big part of the Sermon on the Mount is devoted to Jesus’ twenty one ethical teachings (5:17-7:27) to which the teaching on “judging” belongs. This prohibition is formulated in the plural form (Greek, Mc krinete) and may be read as absolute. This, in fact, is the understanding of St. Paul when he writes: “Therefore, you have no excuse, whoever you are, when you judge others; for in passing judgment on another you condemn yourself, because you, the judge, are doing the very same thing,” (Rom 2:1). In Jewish tradition, there are teachings on moderation, toleration, and mercy, but nothing on absolute prohibition of judging someone. This is uniquely Jesus’.

Experience tells us, however, that we cannot totally abstain from judging one another. What, then, does this absolute prohibition, ‘Do not judge others’ mean?

As in English, the Greek krenô (“judge”) carried a broad range of meanings. Here it may mean either “to be critical of” or “to condemn.” It seems the latter is the way another evangelist, Luke, understands, as the meaning of this teaching in His Sermon on the Plain: “Do not judge and you will not be judged; do not condemn (katadikazô), and you will not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven,” (6:37). The best illustration of this is found in the story of the adulterous woman (John 7:53-8:11). After the suspense if Jesus would judge the woman or not, he says to her: “Neither do I condemn (katakrinô) you. Go your way, and from now on do not sin again,” (8:11).

The Christian motive of not judging/condemning is not for the sake of smooth interpersonal relationship but a call to live a higher righteousness of the Kingdom of God (Matt 5:20). (Fr. Randolf Flores, SVD Bible Diary 2008)


One Sunday morning, the priest delivered a homily about sin. While delivering the homily, he saw a lady sitting in the front pew of the church who was so busy texting in her mobile phone. He was disturbed by her act and wanted to reprimand her. Right away, he added the following statement in his homily: “My dear brothers and sisters, it is also sinful to be texting while the Mass is going on. We must not disturb others who are in deep prayer. Before entering the Church, we must turn off all our mobile phones or maybe put them into silent mode.” After saying this, his own mobile phone rang and the ringing tone was picked up by the highly sensitive microphone that the whole congregation heard it and started smiling at him. He felt embarrassed but he kept his composure and said, “Excuse me for a while, I have an urgent message from the Lord.”

Today’s gospel reminds us not to judge others as we will also be judged by the same measure we use in judging others. Human as we are, we always see the defects of others but fail to see our own, maybe because our eyes are designed to look at the things outside of ourselves. Is this design a factory defect? No, it is not, because the purpose of our eyes is to see ourselves in others. What we see in others should lead us to a deeper reflection of our respective lives instead of judging them. (Fr. Jun Rebayla, SVD Bible Diary 2009)


June 20, 2016 Monday

Jesus condemns our judging others. We jump into conclusions without first knowing the facts, like the manufacturing plant owner who, during his surprise shop visit, saw a young man lazily leaning up against some packing creates and thought he was a regular employee. Disgusted with this behavior, he shoved 300 dollars into the man’s pocket and terminated him. The boy had left before the owner realized that he was just a delivery man.

We also tend to judge by appearance like the lady at the airport who found the man sitting next to her open a bag of cookies, she thought was hers, and started eating them. Though appalled, she ate some. When only one was left, the man reached into the bottom of the bag, broke the cookie in half, ate it, glared at the woman, got up and left. It was on the plane, when she realized her bag of cookies was actually in her purse!

Why do we tend to judge others? 1. Judging boosts our self-image. Pointing out someone else’s failure and tearing him down make us seem a little bit better. The experience is good for our pride, ego, and self-image. 2. Judging is often enjoyed. Human nature tends to take pleasure in hearing and sharing bad news and reveling in the shortcomings of others. 3. Judging makes us feel that our own lives are better than the person who failed. In other words, it builds us up in our pride.

Have we been guilty of passing judgment on other people because they do not live like we do? Has the Lord spoken to our heart about this matter? If He has then we need to come make it right and get the log out of our eye! (Fr. Lex Ferrer, SVD | DWST, Tagaytay City Bible Diary 2016)


MONDAY OF THE 12TH WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME (YEAR A) – Mateo 7:1-5. Ngano nga dili man kita angay’ng maghukom sa atong isigkaingon? Sa pagsulti ni Hesus “Ayaw kamo paghukom sa uban”, gipasabot niya nga dili kita angay’ng magkondena sa isigkatawo. Kitang tanan adunay kakulangon tungod sa atong pagkatawhanon ug mga daotang kagahapon. Ang Ginoo lamang maoy hingpit ug siya ra ang may katungod sa paghukom og tawo. Dugang pa niini, ang atong makita sa tawo mao lamang ang anaa sa iyang gawas; dili nato makita ang anaa sa iyang kasingkasing. Ang mga tawo magbuhat og daotan o maayo tungod sa lain-laing hinungdan ug katuyoan. Ug sanglit Dios lamang maoy makakita sa kinahiladman sa Iyang binuhat, siya lamang usab ang may katungod sa paghukom og tawo. Posted by Abet Uy


Sunday, June 21, 2015

MONDAY OF THE 12TH WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME (YEAR B) MATEO 7:1-5. NGANO NGA DILI MAN KITA ANGAY’NG MAGHUKOM SA ATONG ISIGKAINGON? Si Wayne Dyer nag-ingon, “When you judge another, you do not define them, you define yourself.” Sa atong paghukom sa uban, atong gipakita ang atong daotang kinaiya, dili ang ilaha. Ang paghukom og tawo gidili ni Kristo tungod kay kini dili maayo. Matag tawo adunay lain-laing kahimtang ug matag usa lain-lain usab og kasinati-an. Dili nato hukman ang isigkatawo tungod kay wala man kita masayod sa iyang mga giagi-an sa kinabuhi. Tingali nakadungog kita’g estorya mahitungod kaniya, apan wala nato mabati ang iyang mga kasakit. Ang tawo magbuhat og daotan o maayo sa lain-laing hinungdan ug katuyoan. Ug sanglit Dios lamang maoy makakita sa kinahiladman sa tawo, Dios lamang usab ang may katungod sa paghukom kaniya. Posted by Abet Uy


Gn 12:1-9,

Mt 7:1-5

Partial Amnesia

‘Partial amnesia’ or ‘selective-memory-loss’ is a disease or defect that we often detect among persons who are chosen or designated for special duties. This sickness is found among individuals as well as communities of both the past and the present. Those who are affected by this ‘partial amnesia’ or ‘selective-memory-loss’ could recollect only their rights, privileges and entitlements while they totally forget the duties, obligations and responsibilities associated with that assignment. The Israel, the chosen people of the Old Testament and the Christians, the chosen people of the New Testament, both are victims of this ‘partial amnesia’. They remember and take pride in being chosen and demand special privileges. The Israelites meticulously remembered the assurances given by God, “I will make of you a great nation, and I will bless you; I will make your name great.” But they completely forgot the remaining part of God’s pledge, “so that you will be a blessing. All the communities of the earth shall find blessing in you.” They forgot that everything they were entrusted was for free distribution. Their vocation was to be a channel of God’s blessings. This applies not merely to the Israel or the Christians, but to all. In the past as well as in the present and the future, creatures have only one vocation – to act as channels of God’s blessings. Their vocation is to be the incarnation of God in their unique form and in their given situation.

Jesus told 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.” There is no need of jealousy or comparison. Each of us is unique and special. It is not up to us to evaluate or pass judgment on the success or failure. We will never know how far we succeeded in being flawless and selfless distributers of the divine blessings. Same is the case with others as well. What God expects from us is to be fully human and fully alive, realizing our potential and taking advantage of our opportunities. It is the ‘Partial amnesia’ or ‘selective-memory-loss’ that causes of much of our problems and miseries.Dr Kurian Perumpallikunnel CMI


June 20, 2016

 Monday of the Twelfth Week in Ordinary Time

2 Kgs 17: 5-8, 13-15, 18; Mt 7: 1-5

Judge not, That You be not Judged 

A member of a monastic order once committed a fault. A council was called to determine the punishment, but when the monks assembled it was noticed that Father Joseph was not among them. The superior sent someone to say to him, “Come, for everyone is waiting for you.”

So Father Joseph got up and went. He took a leaking jug, filled it with water, and carried it with him. When the others saw this they asked, “What is this, father?”

The old man said to them, “My sins run out behind me, and I do not see them, and today I am coming to judge the error of another?”

Jesus says, “Judge not, that you be not judged. For with what judgment you judge, you will be judged; and with the same measure you use, it will be measured back to you.”

As Jesus looked at the religious situation of his day, he saw that judging others had become a great religious problem. The Pharisees and scribes sat in the place of the critic. They were quick to pass judgment on those who didn’t live up to their expectations.

When Jesus was in the house of Simon the Pharisee and the sinful woman anointed his feet, Simon said, “This man, if he were a prophet, would know who and what manner of woman this is who is touching him, for she is a sinner.” (Luke 7:39). The Pharisees, in their self-righteous arrogance, had created a special class of people called “sinners,” as if they themselves were not such. The Pharisees were used to judging others self-righteously.

So Jesus says that we are not to judge. Now he’s not talking about the judgment in a courtroom. He’s not talking about judging open and obvious sin. He’s not talking about judging false teachers. What he is talking about is a hasty, unloving, “holier than thou” type of attitude. We sometimes call this “jumping to conclusions”. It’s at the very heart of gossiping and rumour-bearing.

Judge yourself first to see if you are guilty of that sin. Live what you preach. Only after you get your life cleaned up by turning from your sins and receiving pardon through repentance and faith in Jesus you can go and help others to be saved too.

In both Matthew and Luke, the statements that follow the prohibition on judging indicate that it is an elaboration of the Golden Rule—the idea that we should treat others the way that we, ourselves, want to be treated.

The Golden Rule is, in fact, given its classical formulation just a few verses after the statement on judging in the Sermon on the Mount:

So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets [Matt. 7:12]. And the warning that we will be treated (i.e., God will treat us) as we have treated others has already been stressed in the Sermon: For if you forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father also will forgive you; but if you do not forgive men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses [Mt. 5:14-15]. Dr. John Ollukaran CMI


One Bread, One Body – Reflection for June 22, 2015


“If you want to avoid judgment, stop passing judgment.” –Matthew 7:1

We must not judge a person’s character and motives. Those things are none of our business. Also, we must not pronounce a verdict on others (Mt 7:2). Nor should we sentence them to punishment. We are not to judge in these ways.

We must judge whether or not people have specks in their eyes, that is, we should judge if they are sinning. We must do this in order to remove the specks from their eyes after we have removed the planks from our own eyes (Mt 7:4). The Lord commands us: “If I say to the wicked man, you shall surely die; and you do not warn him or speak out to dissuade him from his wicked conduct so that he may live: that wicked man shall die for his sin, but I will hold you responsible for his death” (Ez 3:18). The Lord also commands: “Anyone who sees his brother sinning, if the sin is not deadly, should petition God, and thus life will be given to the sinner” (1 Jn 5:16). Thus we must judge what is right or wrong. We must judge, condemn, and hate sin. We do this not because we have judged sinners but because we love them.

Thus, we are responsible to judge sin, not sinners. We must do this to love sinners by removing the specks from their eyes. Judging sin is necessary for loving others. Judging people is an obstacle to loving them. Judge so as to love.

PRAYER: Father, may I judge the world in the right way (see 1 Cor 6:2).

PROMISE: “All the communities of the earth shall find blessing in you.” –Gn 12:3

PRAISE: St. Thomas was not only faithful to God in matters of state, he also was faithful in leading his own family to the Father.


Unjust Judges

June 22, 2015 (readings)

Monday of the Twelfth Week in Ordinary Time

Father Edward McIlmail, LC

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.”

Introductory Prayer: I believe in the power of prayer, Lord. This time spent with you is the most important time of my day. Let me be confident of your presence and your love, in order to take full advantage of these privileged moments.

Petition: Lord, help me to rid myself of judgmental attitudes.

  1. Judge Not:Judging others is sometimes our favorite pastime. It is so easy to pick out the faults of others — to see their defects. It can make us feel superior. Yet, focusing on the faults of others can often distract us from our own failings. We tend to see in others the very faults of which we ourselves are guilty. That is why a husband who spends endless hours on Internet might complain about the amount of time his wife spends at the shopping mall. What do I complain about the most? Could I be guilty of the same fault?
  2. Silence Out of Human Respect:Our Lord doesn’t dissuade us from trying to help others to improve. In fact, fraternal correction can be a form of charity if — big if — done charitably (see Matthew 18:15). Indeed, instructing the uninformed is a spiritual work of mercy. Unfortunately, for the sake of being “cool,” we often keep quiet as others wallow in sin. Christ isn’t inviting us to be indifferent in the face of a loved one’s faults. The opposite of love is not hatred, but indifference. Am I afraid to guide those whom the Lord has entrusted to my care? Do I remain quiet in order to “keep the peace”? On Judgment Day we will have to answer for our sins of omission (see Luke 19:20-24).
  3. Eliminating Our Mediocrity:We are all called to holiness. Life is but a brief opportunity to grow in holiness before we step into eternity. What we do here dictates the state of our eternal reward or punishment. That is why we have to be on guard against growing accustomed to our faults. God doesn’t want us to be mediocre. He wants us to struggle against our weaknesses. Am I actively trying to get rid of a vice? The best way to drive out a bad habit is to form a good habit. Am I eating too much? Then form the habit of smaller desserts. Am I short-tempered with my spouse? Then do a special act of charity for him or her each day.

Conversation with Christ: Life is short, Lord, and I need to grasp the importance of each day as an opportunity to grow in holiness. Let me put more effort into criticizing myself rather than others. Help me to see truthfully where my worst faults lie.

Resolution: I will say something nice to the last person I criticized or spoke badly about.

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AN UNPLEASANT BUT BADLY NEEDED TEACHING – Chapter 7 of the Gospel according to Matthew is the last installment on the Sermon on the Mount. We read it today, just as we begin a new week. Thank God for this special grace!

But Jesus’ message today is by no means pleasant. It is His direct injunction against judging one another. And yet the irony of it is that, while we disdain being judged and criticized negatively (passive judgment, when we are on the receiving end of the judgment), we also give in too easily in judging others (active judgment, when we are the ones judging).

How easy it is to point a finger and put the blame, for example, on our parents, society at large, or the government. How hard it is, on the other hand, to point a finger to our very own selves, own up our faults and take responsibility for them. The funny thing is that for every finger we point towards others, there are at least three other fingers pointing back to ourselves.

And so, Jesus does have a point, even with His unpleasant teachings today. We do need to wake up and be provoked. And we thank Him for doing that to us today! Fr. Martin Macasaet, SDB

REFLECTION QUESTIONS: Are you more prone to judge others or are you most often on the receiving end of judgment? How do you handle both?

Heal me, Lord, from my tendency to be quick in judging others. Remind me always that what I dislike most in others is the same thing that I unconsciously do not like in myself. Amen.


June 20, 2016


In today’s gospel reading we hear Jesus warn us, “Do not judge and you shall not be judge.” Judged by whom? By God, the experts tell us because often in the Bible, when the passive voice is used and no actor is mentioned, then we are indirectly referring to God. So this question of judging other people is serious business, since it involves the judgment or condemnation of God.

But here the practical application of the prohibition to judge others raises acute problems. Is it always possible not to judge when we have to hire or fire employees, evaluate performances, assign duties, etc. In fact, is it desirable not to judge when we have to discipline children, rebuke subordinates, correct abuses? The solution to this problem lies in the distinction between action and person (or the heart in biblical terms). One’s actions are not always an adequate expression of one’s heart: some people perform good actions for the wrong motives (v.g. the Pharisees), and some people perform objectively wrong actions but with the best intentions (the apostle Paul before his conversion). And so, we can judge a person’s actions, but only God can judge a person’s heart because only God can see the depths of the human heart.


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Monday, June 20, 2016

Reflection for June 20, Monday of the 12th Week in OT; Matthew 7:1-5

Reflection: Why is it that we are judgmental? This is for the reason that we feel superior than the person that we are judging or we have this attitude of dominance. Otherwise if we don’t feel superior we would not dare judge others as good for nothing.

But very clearly in our gospel for today we hear Jesus is telling us to stop judging. This is difficult to follow for those who have superiority complex but easy to follow for those who are docile, and humble.

It’s always very tempting to be judgmental most especially if the person is at fault. However, what would we get from judging others? Nothing except to increase the value of our arrogance and to increase the worth of our egos! Instead of judging, why not simply advice and impart words that heals rather than words that condemn.

When we perceive that someone is a sinner let us always think that we are sinners too! So that we would not be tempted to judge them. The reality of our lives is we are all sinners that is why we have no right to condemn or to judge our fellowmen.

We can only bring others to Jesus when we are not judgmental, when we are compassionate, loving and forgiving. For who are we to judge? We are not Jesus, even Jesus doesn’t judge, therefore; we have no right to judge.

There are sinners because many of us do not dare impart Jesus’ compassion, forgiveness and love.

Are you judgmental? – Marino J. Dasmarinas


See Today’s Readings:  Year I,   Year II

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