Only God Can Judge You

Why do you notice the little piece of dust that is in your brother’s eye, but you don’t notice the big piece of wood that is in your own eye?

Why do you say to your brother, ‘Let me take that little piece of dust out of your eye’? Look at yourself first! You still have that big piece of wood in your own eye.

You are a hypocrite! First, take the wood out of your own eye. Then you will see clearly enough to take the dust out of your brother’s eye.

Matthew 7:3-5

In today’s reading, Jesus uses humor to remind us that judging others as if we’re the arbiters of good is the sort of condemnation that’s displeasing to God.

We are often oblivious to our sins, but can skillfully identify the tiniest of sinful infractions in the lives of others, and it is why God forbids us from assuming His role as judge over our brothers and sisters.

Bottom line: We need to stop judging each other and focus on our (own) shortcomings.


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