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Fourth Sunday in Lent

March 15, 2015

PRAYER & JUDGEMENT

Somewhere along the way, religious folk got into the business of judgment.   I guess it has really been with us all along. But if there is one central message in today’s readings, it is that we are rather unqualified to pass judgment on anyone, even ourselves.

In our first reading, Samuel thought the one to be anointed his successor would be among those with him – he didn’t even consider David, the youngest of the brothers. But God made it clear to Samuel that we do not see as God sees.

It is so hard for us to be present to someone or something and not at the same time pass some sort of judgment. But this judgment is most often the ego keeping busy. We are so action-oriented. So determined to be productive.   To make conclusions.   Can we not simply . . . be?

If we are to see the world as God sees it, then somehow we have to learn to see without acting. We have to learn to be present without any judgment at all.  The name we give to those moments in their many forms is prayer.

CLICK HERE for the readings for Fourth Sunday of Lent (The Scrutinies) (1 Samuel 16:1, 6-7, 10-13; Psalm 23; Ephesians 5:8-14; John 9:1-41)

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