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The Forward Day by Day Meditation for June 17, 2020

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WEDNESDAY, June 17                           Marina the Monk

Romans 2:1 Therefore you have no excuse, whoever you are, when you judge others; for in passing judgment on another you condemn yourself, because you, the judge, are doing the very same things.

When I was a young acolyte, I would don an ill-fitting cassock and gather with the clergy and servers before Mass in a small sacristy. We stood in a circle and recited Psalm 43, which begins, “Give judgment for me, O God, and defend my cause against an ungodly people. Deliver me from the deceitful and the wicked.”

I remember thinking it was a bit presumptuous of us to utter those words to God. I didn’t know about everyone else there, but I was certainly not good enough to condemn or judge others. Still, the psalm became prayerful for me over time.

One day, as we said those same words, I heard them differently. I heard it much like Paul says it to the church in Rome. Our judgment must first pierce our own hearts to give the right perspective.

MOVING FORWARD: What’s a current circumstance in which you could look with compassion rather than condemnation?

PRAY for the Dioceses of Luwero (Uganda), Tarime (Tanzania), and Tasmania

Ps 119:97-120 * 81, 82 | Numbers 11:24-33(34-35) | Romans 1:28—2:11 | Matthew 18:1-9

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