“Even when you saw this, you did not later change your minds and believe him.” (Mt 21:32)
Today’s Passage: Mt 21:28-32
Meditation: Sometimes we are very good at judging others and their activities. Today’s meditation verse rightly warns us of this unjust and hypocritical attitude of life. Our judging may not be always knowingly and intentionally; it may happen because of our inability to read their minds. The word of the Lord says, “Do not judge from his appearance or from his lofty stature, because I have rejected him. Not as man sees does God see, because man sees the appearance, but the Lord looks into the heart.” (1Sam 16:7)
Therefore, man in his weakness judges others according to their words and deeds. When someone says that he doesn’t want to go to market, we believe and judge him. In the same way, when another one says that he is ready to go, we believe and judge. For, we do not know his mind and thoughts. But today’s reflection is not on our capacity to judge others, rather on Jesus’ words, “Even when you saw this, you did not later change your minds and believe him.” (Mt 21:32)
Even if you couldn't read the minds and thoughts of others, you could learn a lot from others’ deeds and words. We see many a people fail in their lives, others not honest enough, and still some are hypocrites. There are others who very faithful and obedient. All these different pictures are given for me to learn a lesson for my life; not just to judge them. The word of the Lord says, “Now, all this is an example for us, to warn us not to desire evil things, as they did.” (1Cor 10:6)
It appears to be very easy to judge these two sons according to their response to their father’s call. But we know from further reading that their words and deeds were later changed. Today, therefore, our call is to repent on our blunted words and deeds, and return to the Lord. The savior in the manger is waiting for our return.
Prayer: Lord God, we thank you and praise you for your daily eternal bread. Have mercy on us, O Lord! You are our loving and forgiving father. Give us the courage to admit our mistakes in humility and return to you in repentance. Help us to be non-judgmental and positive in our relationships. We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen!
Greetings: God is with you! Have a nice and blissful Tuesday…