15th Sunday of the Year Year B

“Deserve it! I daresay he does. Many that live deserve death. And some that die deserve life. Can you give it to them? Then do not be too eager to deal out death in judgement. For even the very wise cannot see all ends. "
J R R Tolkein The Fellowship of the Ring

We live in an age that has become more and more unforgiving. We are intolerant of so many things, opinionated about so much and demanding that those who fail should not simply accept responsibility, but suffer as a consequence.

In our schools we say to our children that making mistakes is OK, so long as you try to put things right! It is in helping those children to see the wrong and try to heal that, that as individuals they grow, in confidence and in love. Punishment has no value, it destroys hope and undermines God’s love. 

Our children are happy with that, they see the sense and grow in the hope.

The adult world, of course, is so different. Mistakes are pounced on and the demands by our intolerant society for heads to roll is unceasing. One sniff of scandal and someone will cry for justice.

Where do people learn to be so judgemental, have they never made mistakes?

In sending the Twelve out in to-day’s Gospel Jesus’ first priority was to tell them to “preach repentance”, to help people regret and have remorse. Nowhere does Jesus judge, and we should learn to do the same.

We will all  make plenty of mistakes in life. That’s why we dare not be judgemental!

Just a thought