MONDAY 22ND JUNE 2020
12TH WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME YEAR II
2 Kings 17:5-8,13-15,18, MATTHEW 7:1-5
It is very easy for us to see the mistakes and faults of others; we can easily see others as lazy, stubborn, impatient, inconsiderate, stingy, greedy and the likes, but we hardly attribute such to ourselves. It is very true that many of us do not pay attention to ourselves. What we complain in other people most times, are also very visible in us. It is therefore good that as Christians, we learn to tolerate and be sensitive to one another. This is only possible if we have the understanding that no one is perfect, we all can make mistakes.
In the gospel reading of today, Jesus tells us not to judge anybody. We do not really have sufficient knowledge about some of the things we complain about in others. If we can only inquire more about some situations, we will withhold our judgement and be sympathetic with those we criticize.
A class teacher was always angry with a student who was consistently coming late to the class. Despite the regular punishments, the boy did not improve. It was only the day the class teacher discovered that the boy was an orphan from a very indigent home where he lived with his grandmother, and could not afford a taxi to school though his house was far from the school that the teacher understood with him. The teacher finally paid his transport fare for the term and stopped punishing him.
We are not perfect, and we look for excuses to justify what we do, but we on the other hand hardly excuse others or accept their excuses. God has forgiven us despite all our shortcomings, he does not judge us, but understands with us. Let us also look at others with mercy and compassion.
Please say a prayer for me today as I mark my first priestly ordination anniversary. I am one year old as a priest of God. He chose me knowing that I am not perfect; I pray for his graciousness in my life and fulfilment in his vineyard. Amen.
Fr Michael Osatofoh Eninlejie MSP