Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Judgey McJudgerson

My wonderful friend posted this article on Twitter today, and because I love her and I'm interested, I read it.  As I was reading it, I was suddenly struck by the overpowering feeling that someone actually not only felt the same way I felt, but was making it known.  Truly preaching the gospel here, the way it should be preached.  As stated before, I am a Catholic, and I'm a steady Catholic.  I go to Mass every Sunday (at least I legitimately try to go to Mass every Sunday), and I try to follow in the footsteps of Jesus.  Am I a sinner?  Hell yeah I'm a sinner.  Am I perfect?  Hell no I'm not perfect.  Am I a crazy right-wing conservative who thinks everyone who doesn't believe what I believe is going to Hell, and I should shame everyone around me into believing the same things I do?  No, I'm not.  Am I a crazy left-wing liberal who thinks that everyone who doesn't think the same way I do is a f***ing idiot and is the downfall of our country and I should shame everyone around me into believing the same things I do?  No I'm not.  What I am is a person who believes in love, and compassion, the way Jesus tells us to.  Something that really has resounded with me in the last week or so is something we read at Mass a couple of weeks ago.  The gospel was the story about the woman who was caught in the act of adultery.  The chief priests bring the woman to Jesus and tell him that she should be condemned and stoned.  Jesus doesn't say a word and begins writing on the floor with his finger.  When pressed for an answer He tells them that if any of them have not sinned let him throw the first stone.  One by one the Pharisees and chief priests leave until finally it's just the woman and Jesus, who is still writing on the floor.  He looks up and seeing the woman asks if anyone has condemned her.  She says no, and He says "Then neither do I. Go in peace and sin no more."  None of us are perfect.  All of us have some sort of black spot against us, no matter what.  HOWEVER WE ARE NOT CALLED TO JUDGE.  We are called to love and embrace all people.  No matter their race, no matter their beliefs, no matter their sexual orientation.  WE ARE CALLED TO LOVE. I feel like a lot of people have forgotten that in their need/want to be heard and be acknowledged throughout this great big piece of world.  Let us truly embrace that as we come up to the Easter Tridium. WE ARE CALLED TO LOVE.

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  1. I long ago stopped going to mass unless someone else asked me to because the message of negativity and hypocrisy was too much, but I often find myself thinking of the teachings from my younger days in church. Of the "Be a good person, do good things" teachings and not the vengeful spiteful hateful teachings. I choose to believe that the G-d that created me is not vengeful, spiteful or hateful.

    My relationship with religion is currently complicated, but I believe in being a good person and loving others.

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    1. That's totally what I feel too, and even though people believe different religions or whatever, I think that as long as people try to be good and loving, that's all that matters!!

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