Monday, June 23, 2014

Pope Francis “Jesus will judge, yes, at the end of the world,but in the meantime...

Pope Francis
23/06/2014

(Vatican Radio)  Those who judge others are wrong to do so.  Eventually, God will judge them in the same way. Only God is our  "sole judge;" and those who find themselves judged by others can always rely on a defender in Jesus and the Holy Spirit. That’s what Pope Francis said in his morning homily at Monday’s Mass in the Santa Marta guesthouse in the Vatican.  Those who unjustifiably assume the role of magistrate will fall victim to their own lack of mercy: this is what happens to those who judge a brother. In his homily, Pope Francis referred to Monday’s Gospel reading in which Jesus warned his disciplines against the hypocrisy behind  judging others when you, yourself may not be blameless.
“The person who judges,” the Pope said, “is wrong, is mistaken and is defeated” because he assumes God’s place: He who is the one and only judge.” Jesus’ accusation of “hypocrite,”  Pope Francis pointed out, is addressed to all of us who hastily judge others.  “God,” on the other hand, said the Pope, “takes his time” when handing down judgment.
Alluding to Jesus’ words, the Pope said those who judge others mistakenly desire to remove the splinter from their brother’s eye without noticing their own eye is pierced by a wooden beam.
He who does this, the Pope observed, “is so obsessed with the person he wants to judge -that person - so, so obsessed! That the splinter will not let him sleep! 'But I want to take away the splinter!' ... And he does not notice the log that he, himself has.” Such a person, said the Pope, confuses the splinter for a beam.   He “confuses reality. He’s fantasizing.  And he who judges becomes a loser, ends up badly, because the same measure will be used to judge him.” Those who are judgmental, the Pope concluded, assume the role of God and can bank on ultimate defeat.
Only God, and those of his choosing, have the right to judge, affirmed the Pope who pointed to Jesus as an example to follow.
"Jesus, before the Father, never accuses! It’s the opposite: he defends! He’s the first Paraclete. Then, he sends the second, who is the (Holy) Spirit. He is the defender: he comes before the Father to defend us against the charges.”
In the Bible, the Pope continued, the "accuser" is the devil, Satan. “Jesus will judge, yes, at the end of the world,” the Pope added, “but in the meantime, he intercedes, defends.”
Ultimately, he who judges, said Pope Francis, "is an imitator of the prince of this world who’s always behind people to accuse them before the Father."
The Pope invited the faithful to “imitate Jesus: intercessor, advocate, lawyer” not just for ourselves, but for others too. And "do not imitate others, which in the end will destroy us"
If we want to follow the way of Jesus, the Pope concluded, “more than accusers, we have to be defenders of others before the Father. I see a bad thing in someone – do I go defend him? No! But keep quiet!  Go pray and defend him before the Father as Jesus does. Pray for him, but do not judge! Because if you do, when you do something bad, you will be judged. Let us remember this well; it will do us good in everyday life when we get the urge to judge others, to speak ill of others, which is a form of judging. "
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1 comment:

Steve Finnell said...

JUDGED BY THE WORD OF MEN? BY STEVE FINNELL

If men decide who shall enter heaven, will that hold up on judgement day?

MEN JUDGE: Proverbs 14:12 There is a way that seems right to a man. But its end is the way of death. (NKJV)

JESUS JUDGES: John 12: 48 "He who rejects Me, and does not receive My words, has that which judges him--the word that I have spoken will judge him in the last day.(NKJV)

MEN JUDGE: Men say you can have everlasting life even if you reject Jesus as the Son of God; because there are multiple ways to get to heaven.

JESUS JUDGES: John 3:16-18......."He who believes in Him is not condemned; but he who does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God. (NKJV)

MEN JUDGE: Men say if a man believe in Jesus, but dies before he has time to be baptized he will still be saved.

JESUS JUDGES: Mark 16:16 .....and is baptized will be saved...(NKJV)

When judgement arrives the words of men will not send one person to heaven. Why would anyone trust the opinions of men to secure their place in heaven. No man has nor will they have the authority to judge any ones salvation.

When judgement day comes we will all be judged by the words of Jesus. Judgement comes from Jesus. Believe His words.

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