"Stop judging and you will not be judged."
Last night, during his homily, Father explained some of the items, in the front of the church, the liturgical committee has used to "decorate" for Lent. Among the items were several rocks of various sizes. He explained that those rocks are there to remind us not to cast stones; as in Jesus saying, whoever is without sin, may cast the first stone. We throw stones at each other when we judge each other. We may not be as obvious as picking up one of the rocks in front of the altar and hurling it at our neighbor, but we throw stones of gossip and rocks of ill-will. Lent is a great time to be aware of our tendencies to judge others. We learned in the homily that, once we identify these bad habits and sins, we can carry them to Jerusalem and lay them down at the foot of the cross. I have a wagon full of stones, dear Friends...and it's getting heavy! Let's keep trudging toward Jerusalem! Love, heidi