Speech is precious, and words are a gift from God; use them with great care
8th Week in Ordinary Time (C) : Sunday 27th February 2022
Sir. 27:5-8; Ps. 91:2-3,13-14, 15-16
1 Cor. 15:54-58; Lk. 6:39-45 (Ps Wk IV)
Throughout the Bible, people are urged to guard their tongues and choose their words carefully. Words can build up and heal, but they can also wound and destroy. Sirach warns us that our words often reveal who we are, and people will judge us by them. Speech is precious, and words are a gift from God; use them with great care.
The resurrection is a continual process. If we are living in the spirit, we shed a bit of the earthly person each day and put on more of the heavenly. A good life is one of continual change and progress. This will be complete someday with the glory of the general resurrection, but until then, we are a work in progress.
Jesus has some good advice about judging other people: don’t do it!
When we seek to correct other people, we are blind to our own faults and weaknesses. Often, we condemn the words, attitudes, and deeds in others of which we are also guilty. It is better to put our own houses in order before correcting and judging others. Since this is a long and challenging process, it is unlikely that we will ever be in a position to judge others. It is far better to love and accept them, knowing that we share a common humanity.
Lord, inspire me not to judge or condemn others.