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John 8:15 You judge by human standards; I judge no one.
I occasionally had contact with our clients through phone calls or in letters they sent. I saw facets of their personalities others might never see—their fears, sense of humor, feelings about their family and friends.
Neither the people I worked with, nor I, approved of whatever criminal acts our clients may have committed, but we also had compassion for them. They were human beings, each with a story and a family and people who loved them. Many had serious illnesses or were scarred by painful histories. This did not negate the harm they had done but knowing these realities complicated our understanding of our clients.
Although life requires us to make judgments, Jesus reminds us that our judgments are fallible. Love calls us to see beyond our human standards. We are called to love the victim and the perpetrator, the prisoner and the judge, all with the same measure of love with which we are loved.
Today the Church remembers Julia Chester Emery, Missionary, 1922.