Updated: Sep 12
I'm confused. It seems that either people don't hear the word of God, don't care about the word of God or simply don't believe the word of God. It has to be one, or all of these three, because Jesus spent a lot of time while here on Earth telling us what we should and should not do, and how we are to think and act, yet we seem to do the opposite.
I'm always amazed at how people talk about others when they're not around. Even when mass has just ended, people are off in their little circles criticizing others. Doesn't this go against the very things you just heard about during the mass?
These are the little things that many of us don't take into account when they think of themselves and how they're serving God. Exactly how are you serving God when you're busy pointing out everyone else's faults and shortcomings? These are the things we're going to be judged on when we die. Doesn't anybody understand that? Does anyone ever sit down and think about the fact that they're going to go before God, the strictest of judges, and have to answer for all of these things? Please don't tell me that we're so disillusioned by our own worldly goodness that we've completely dismissed the teachings of Jesus Himself!
It was spoken very plainly, "Thou hypocrite, cast out first the beam in thy own eye, and then shalt thou see to cast out the mote out of thy brother's eye." How do we dare hear that statement and have anything but charitable things to say about our neighbors? How can an ill word ever come from your lips, knowing that it has been condemned by Jesus?
We are here in this world for one purpose, to know, love and serve God. That's our purpose here and nothing else. If you've allowed the world and it's ways to infiltrate your life and put God second, or realistically fourth or fifth, you are definitely not serving God. And if you're not serving God every day, how can you expect a favorable judgement when your time comes?
Don't get me wrong, I'm guilty of these things from time to time myself. Few things bring such inner gratification to us than putting someone else down, pointing out there faults and talking about what they may have done. It obviously must make us feel good because if it made us feel bad we certainly wouldn't do it. You're not in the habit of doing things that make you feel bad are you?
We have to be honest with ourselves and realize who and what we really are. More importantly, we need to recognize how God must view us when we're doing the very things He taught against. It would be extremely beneficial to our souls if we would understand that we're not so good and that there's plenty of work to be done to our souls, in order to gain the kingdom of Heaven.
Pay attention to the scripture readings and the gospels. There's information in there that's invaluable to our souls. They tell us precisely what is expected of us, if we are to be saved. Let's practice the charity Jesus showed even to His enemies. Never let an uncharitable or damaging word, about anyone come from your lips. Let's look in the mirror and try to recognize our own faults and shortcomings, before we point the imperfections in our neighbors.
Peace, good and blessings.