Life on the Chrism Trail

Homily for Monday of the Second Week of Lent

March 6, 2023
St. Joseph Seminary College
Covington, Louisiana

Deuteronomy 9:4b-10
Psalm 79:8, 9, 11, 13
Romans 8:31b-34
Luke 6:36-38

Even people who have never held the Bible in their hands are familiar with this verse from sacred Scripture. “Stop judging and you will not be judged. Stop condemning and you will not be condemned.” These profoundly serious words of Jesus are invoked frequently by some people as a justification for their own sinful habits. Of course, in recent years we frequently hear some individuals do this by citing these words of Jesus in connection with the airplane quote of Pope Francis from several years ago taken out of context regarding homosexual acts: “Who am I to judge?”

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