There are times when we are too preoccupied with our biases when we hear about other people. Sometimes we easily make judgments even if we do not know them well. I will be a hypocrite if I say that I have never done so. There was an instance when I judged a brother based on his actions, even without knowing the story behind it. I even shared my thoughts with other members until the story spread throughout the community. When it came to the knowledge of the formators, I was reprimanded for what I did. I realized then that the action I did was very unbecoming of a seminarian, and I was reminded how evil it is to spread untruths as this leads to division. I felt really bad and irresponsible about what happened, but I learned a lot from it.
In today’s Gospel narrative, Jesus said: “The measure with which you measure will be measured out to you, and still more will be given to you.” This statement from the Gospel reading reminds me that I should not easily put my judgment on others. The Gospel impels us to treat others well, not because we desire a reward, but because we know it is the most loving thing to do as a follower of Christ. It prompts me to be more loving of others because God never tires of loving me in spite of my mistakes and imperfections.
By: Sem. Eric Yabut
Jesus said to his disciples,
“Is a lamp brought in to be placed under a bushel basket
or under a bed,
and not to be placed on a lampstand?
For there is nothing hidden except to be made visible;
nothing is secret except to come to light.
Anyone who has ears to hear ought to hear.”
He also told them, “Take care what you hear.
The measure with which you measure will be measured out to you,
and still more will be given to you.
To the one who has, more will be given;
from the one who has not, even what he has will be taken away.”