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Only God should judge people, so if you do not want to be judged, you should not judge the others. This is what emerged from the homily of Pope Francis during Mass at St Martha’s House, which focused on today’s Gospel of Matthew: “At that time, Jesus told his disciples: ‘Judge not, that you be not judged. For with the judgment you pronounce you will be judged, and with the measure you use it will be measured to you. ‘” We all want – the Pontiff noted – “the Lord to look at us with kindness on the Judgment Day, albeit not forgetting the many bad things we have done in life”. Therefore, if “you constantly judge the others – he warned – with the same measure you shall be judged.”

The Lord – he went on to say – asks us to look at ourselves in the mirror: “Look in the mirror, but do not wear makeup to hide the wrinkles. No, no, no, that is not a good advice! Look in the mirror to look at yourself, the way you really are. ‘Why do you see the speck in your brother’s eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye?’ How can you tell your brother ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ while there is a log in your eye the beam? ‘And how does the Lord qualify us when we act this way? One word: ‘You hypocrite, first take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take the speck out of your brother’s eye.'”

The Lord – Bergoglio went on – “gets a bit angry in this case, calls us hypocrites when we take the place of God.” This – he added – is what the serpent persuaded Adam and Eve to do: “If you eat this, you will be like him.” They – he explained – “wanted to take the place of God.” “That is why judging is such a bad thing to do. Only God should judge! We can love, understand, pray for the others when we see bad things, but also talk to them, ‘You know, I see this or that, perhaps…’ But never judge. Never. When we judge, it is hypocrisy.”

When we judge – he continued – “we put ourselves in the place of God”, but “our judgment is a poor judgment” that will never “be a real judgment.” “Why – asks the Pope – ours cannot be like God’s? Why is God is Almighty and we are not?” No is Francis’ answer “because our judgment lacks mercy. And when God judges, he does so with mercy.”

“Let us reflect today on what the Lord says: ‘Judge not, that you be not judged; the measure, the way, the measure by which we judge will be the same others will use to judge us; and, third, let us look at ourselves in the mirror before judging. ‘But people do this… and that…’ ‘But, wait a minute…’, I look in the mirror and think. I am a hypocrite because I put myself in the place of God; moreover, my opinion is a poor judgment; it lacks an extremely important component of God’s judgment, it lacks mercy.” The Pope concluded his homily with a customary invocation to God: “May the Lord make us understand these things.”

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