"Not by appearance shall he judge, nor by hearsay shall he decide,
But he shall judge the poor with justice, and decide aright for the land's afflicted."
The question on Pray-As-You-Go this morning asks "How are you being called to help bring about a less violent world?" Our homily Sunday mentioned violence as one of the "sleeping pills" the world uses to keep us from being alert and watchful for Jesus. What am I to do about the violence in the world? It's not like I'm in any position of power or have any influence, do I? I abhor violence, but what can I do to stop it? We may not be the folks who go around shooting people, but the violence takes a more subtle form. I was considering how gossip and judging others are forms of violence that we seem to be able to justify. We can tear down a person's good name and reputation verbally, even if we wouldn't think of doing physical harm to them. Isaiah tells us that the Savior will judge with justice. That means WE shouldn't be judging at all. The judging will be done by the qualified; and that's not us. Today, let's be aware of the areas that we feel free to inflict verbal violence. And let's leave the judging to God. Love, heidi