Don’t Compare, Don’t Judge
“Do not judge, and you will not be judged; do not condemn, and you will not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven; give, and it will be given to you.” —Luke 6:37–38
Jesus reserved his harshest words in the Gospels for those who thought they were spiritually superior to others. Francis, too, recognized that this failing threatened those who had given up everything to follow him in his Gospel commitment to a life of poverty, prayer, and penance. He emphasized to his followers that they were to examine their own lives rather than pointing fingers at others.
We will always encounter people who are better than we are and worse than we are on nearly every level. If we begin making comparisons, soon we will be making judgments, about them and about ourselves. In doing so, we lose sight that we are unique individuals created and loved by God for ourselves.
Pray with Saint Francis
Where there is Poverty and Joy, there is neither Cupidity nor Avarice. Where there is Peace and Contemplation, there is neither Care nor Restlessness. Amen.