JUDGE FOR YOURSELF WHAT IS RIGHT
(Scripture Reflection Luke 12:57)
"Why don't you judge for yourselves what is right?
Scripture often tells us not to judge, but today’s Gospel clearly urges us to judge. Not others, but ourselves – in order to determine if our actions are right (Focus). Dispassionate judgment of our motives is what we are called to make.
In our official dealings we are clever and shrewd enough to read the signs and to ensure that we are secure in everything. We willingly “settle the case” (Lk 12:58) if we suspect that the matter will not go our way. We even agree to an out-of-court settlement so that issues do not linger on, or we might be adversely affected.
Should we not do the same in our interpersonal relationships?
The First Reading asks us ‘to lead a life worthy of the calling to which you have been called’ (Eph 4:1). Do we live our life in Christ as we ought to? It includes ‘behaving with all humility and gentleness’ (Eph 4:2). Do our thoughts, words and deeds reflect this ideal of living peaceably and harmoniously with everyone?
We are also urged to preserve unity ‘bearing with one another’ (Eph 4:2). This is not an easy task, especially as it must be done in love, even with someone we feel is unhelpful or troublesome. But conflict resolution is a key part of Christian living.
Fruit: Let us be humble, gentle, patient, and loving, so that we may preserve our unity with God and one another.