Third Week in Lent, Monday, March 21, 2022
If you think you can judge others, you are wrong. When you judge them, you are really judging yourself guilty, because you do the same things they do. God judges those who do wrong things, and we know that [their judging is right. You judge those who do wrong, but you do wrong yourselves. Do you think you will be able to escape the judgment of God? [They have] been very kind and patient, waiting for you to change, but you think nothing of [their] kindness. Perhaps you do not understand that God is kind to you so you will change your hearts and lives. But you are stubborn and refuse to change, so you are making your own punishment even greater on the day [they show their]. On that day everyone will see God’s right judgments. God will reward or punish every person for what that person has done. Some people, by always continuing to do good, live for God’s glory, for honor, and for life that has no end. God will give them life forever. But other people are selfish. They refuse to follow truth and, instead, follow evil. God will give them [their] punishment and anger. [They] will give trouble and suffering to everyone who does evil—to the Jews first and also to those who are not Jews. But [they] will give glory, honour, and peace to everyone who does good—to the Jews first and also to those who are not Jews. For God judges all people in the same way.
(New Century Version (NCV))
Loving Divine Family,
We seek you today in your sacred prayer space. We are tired; we are weary. We silence ourselves to the sound of your voice. Words have been harshly placed lately. We have said them. We have received them. Now we just seek your love and compassion. O LORD, where can we go to hide from your love? Touch us now. Speak and we will listen.
Divine Family, we gather together to hear your Life-giving Words. Thank you for your kindness and patience; you encourage us to change and to return to your loving ways. You gently remind us that we are not the masters of the universe, and we are not to judge others. Thank you for warning us that when we judge others, we are really judging ourselves as guilty.
I silence myself to listen for your voice today, O LORD, and thank you for…
Your mercy reaches the heavens. Your arms stretch across every horizon. You gather us to you and embrace us even when we feel we should be cast out. Your love knows no bounds. We journey under the canopy of your perfect grace and mercy. Walk with us so we will not fall. All glory to you, God!
With joy, we praise you!
Cherie and Donovan Mutschler