In John’s Gospel we are told that God sent Jesus into the world, not to be its judge, but to be its Saviour. Why then do we judge so much? Someone’s appearance, the way a person talks, the things people do or don’t do? We judge our neighbours, those work alongside, those we see on television or in public life. We can be quick to judge. Rather than look at others, we need to look in the mirror.
Merciful God, save us from the high ground of the Pharisees, so-called custodians of the faith, looking down in judgement. Help us to take a good look in the mirror and to change our ways where they need to change. As you sent Jesus to love rather than judge, so may we love rather than judge. And in so doing may our restless hearts find peace in knowing we are accepted and loved by you. Amen.
38 Give to others, and God will give to you. Indeed, you will receive a full measure, a generous helping, poured into your hands—all that you can hold. The measure you use for others is the one that God will use for you.”