Gospel: Mt 7:1-5
Do not judge; and you will not be judged. In the same way you judge others, you will be judged; and the measure you use for others will be used for you. Why do you look at the speck in your brother’s eye, and not see the plank in your own eye? How can you say to your brother, ‘Come, let me take the speck from your eye,’ as long as that plank is in your own? Hypocrite, remove the plank out of your own eye; then, you will see clearly, to remove the speck out of your brother’s eye.
Do not judge; and you will not be judged Israel is exiled into Assyria because of her infidelity to Yahweh. The Lord judged Israel and found her wanting. However, in our Gospel, Jesus instructs us not to judge anyone. On the one hand, God has the right to judge us, while we do not. On the other hand, the Book of Kings presents a God who judges and punishes due to sin, in contrast to a Jesus who proclaims a God of infinite mercy. Is it the God of the Old Testament and the New Testament that has changed? Or is it our understanding of God that has evolved?
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