Commentary on the Gospel of

Paulson Veliyannoor, CMF - Claretian Publications Philippines

Judge Not…

In Roger Young’s movie, Jesus, Mary Magdalene wants to follow Jesus, but is unsure of how the reception would be. She chooses to open her heart to Jesus’ mother. At one point, hesitantly, as if expecting a reprimand and rejection, she confesses to Mother Mary: “Mary, I am a prostitute.” Mother Mary is unruffled; and with her disarming smile, she responds: “I do not judge.” Then, after a minimal pause, she continues: ”I too have been judged in my life.”

Her son is no different. Perhaps he inherited the trait from his mother. “I judge no one” says he (Jn 8:15). And, he wants us also to keep off from judging. Why is it so compelling for us to think of God as a judge, be it in the Second Coming or his everyday coming? Perhaps it is because we still haven’t learned to look at the other—and ourselves—with the eyes of God?


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