by Sr. Rosalee Burke, ND
As I read the readings for this Sunday “do not complain, brothers and sisters, about one another, that you may not be judged” struck me. It is so easy for me to comment about others without even giving it any thought. I have been trained to judge, evaluate, compete, compare and grade. It comes naturally. So now I am being reminded that it is not a good thing to judge others and voice what I dislike.
As I age I become more and more aware of my own limitations and my great need for a Merciful God. So if I want God to be merciful to me, I need to practice being merciful to others and give them the benefit of the doubt by not complaining.
What a great practice for me this week of Advent -- do not complain about others. And stop judging others as I do not know the full picture of anyone’s actions. It is really living the prayer, the Our Father – “and forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us."
May it be a quiet week as we all try to not complain about others!