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October 31, 2014

St. Alphonsus Rodriguez, S.J.

Luke 14: 1-6

On one occasion when Jesus was going to the house of a leader of the Pharisees to eat a meal on the sabbath, they were watching him closely.Just then, in front of him, there was a man who had dropsy. And Jesus asked the lawyers and Pharisees, “Is it lawful to cure people on the sabbath, or not?” But they were silent. So Jesus took him and healed him, and sent him away. Then he said to them, “If one of you has a child or an49 ox that has fallen into a well, will you not immediately pull it out on a sabbath day?” And they could not reply to this.

New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved. http://www.usccb.org/bible/approved-translations

Judging Others

Wow, I can see being unwilling to answer Jesus’ question because they were too embarrassed by their own hardness of heart, but unable to answer?  Were these lawyers and Pharisees so deeply steeped in regulation that a simple act of mercy escaped them?  I think to myself that I don’t like these people and wonder how they can be so cold.

Then I realize that I have now become the judge.  How frequently do I categorize, stereotype and package others into my preconceived notions.  I interpret a casual comment, a glance, a gesture as an insult to me or my world view. Then I see Christ turn to me and ask why my heart is so cold and I too falter as I try to answer.

—Mr. Gerald Skoch, JD, serves as Vice-President and Chief Mission Officer at St. Ignatius High School, Cleveland, OH.

Prayer

“It should be presupposed that every good Christian ought to be more eager to put a good interpretation on a neighbor’s statement than to condemn it.”  SE [22]

Brother Jesus, help me to think the best of others and to assume their love and goodness. You ask me only heal and to love and to entrust all else to you. Amen.


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October 31, 2014

St. Alphonsus Rodriguez, S.J.

Luke 14: 1-6

On one occasion when Jesus was going to the house of a leader of the Pharisees to eat a meal on the sabbath, they were watching him closely.Just then, in front of him, there was a man who had dropsy. And Jesus asked the lawyers and Pharisees, “Is it lawful to cure people on the sabbath, or not?” But they were silent. So Jesus took him and healed him, and sent him away. Then he said to them, “If one of you has a child or an49 ox that has fallen into a well, will you not immediately pull it out on a sabbath day?” And they could not reply to this.

New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved. http://www.usccb.org/bible/approved-translations

Judging Others

Wow, I can see being unwilling to answer Jesus’ question because they were too embarrassed by their own hardness of heart, but unable to answer?  Were these lawyers and Pharisees so deeply steeped in regulation that a simple act of mercy escaped them?  I think to myself that I don’t like these people and wonder how they can be so cold.

Then I realize that I have now become the judge.  How frequently do I categorize, stereotype and package others into my preconceived notions.  I interpret a casual comment, a glance, a gesture as an insult to me or my world view. Then I see Christ turn to me and ask why my heart is so cold and I too falter as I try to answer.

—Mr. Gerald Skoch, JD, serves as Vice-President and Chief Mission Officer at St. Ignatius High School, Cleveland, OH.

Prayer

“It should be presupposed that every good Christian ought to be more eager to put a good interpretation on a neighbor’s statement than to condemn it.”  SE [22]

Brother Jesus, help me to think the best of others and to assume their love and goodness. You ask me only heal and to love and to entrust all else to you. Amen.

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