Thursday, March 12, 2009

The weight of judgement...

Henri Nouwen points out that:
"judging others is a heavy burden, while
being judged by others is a light one"


We spend an enormous amount of energy making up our minds about other people. Not a day goes by without somebody doing or saying something that evokes in us the need to form an opinion about him or her. We hear a lot, see a lot, and know a lot. The feeling that we have to sort it all out in our minds and make judgments about it can be quite oppressive.

The desert fathers said that judging others is a heavy burden, while being judged by others is a light one. Once we can let go of our need to judge others, we will experience an immense inner freedom. Once we are free from judging, we will be also free for mercy. Let's remember Jesus' words: "Do not judge, and you will not be judged" (Matthew 7:1).

There is an irony that it is demanding and tiring carrying this weight, yet it is so difficult to let go and put this weight down!

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