ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Less Judgment, “More” Truth

Updated on July 19, 2021

“I am the king’s servant, but the Lord’s first” ~ Saint Thomas More

“Stop judging, that you may not be judged. For as you judge, so will you be judged, and the measure with which you measure will be measured out to you.”

These are the sobering words from Jesus that kick off today’s Gospel (Matthew 7:1-5), a tough teaching amidst a series of tough teachings, courtesy of Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount from which we’ve been reading for the last week or so. Hypocrisy for instance was discussed this past Wednesday, something that many of us struggle with https://hubpages.com/religion-philosophy/Tackling-the-Vice-of-Hypocrisy . Humility was our reflection point the day before on Tuesday. https://hubpages.com/religion-philosophy/On-Humility-and-Nobility

But back to this far-too-easy foible of incessantly judging others, noticing “the splinter in our brother’s eye, but not perceiving the wooden beam in our own eye,” as Jesus so colorfully explains it.

Fact is, it’s not enough to merely refrain from judgement, something we must strive to do for obvious reasons. Jesus didn’t come to condemn us for our sin or saddle us with shame; we must follow suit as it relates to our neighbor. But Christians are also called to live a life steeped in the truth. We’re reminded of that today as we reflect upon the men whose Feast Day we celebrate, Saint John Fisher and Saint Thomas More. As today’s Daily Mass Entrance Antiphon proclaims, these were “holy men who shed their glorious blood for the Lord; they loved Christ in their life, they imitated him in their death, and therefore were crowned in triumph.” Those familiar with the fate of these unflinching martyrs know that they were beheaded at the hands of King Henry VIII due to their unwavering support and belief in the indissolubility of marriage.

Largely considered the greatest Englishman of his generation, Saint Thomas More was a devoted family man who served the English crown faithfully both at home and abroad. But as the quote which kicks off today’s reflection indicates, he always made it clear who the Lord of his life was. He was known to have charmed his many friends with an effervescent and engaging personality while publishing numerous scholarly works, the vast majority of which are still drawn upon today. Yet if you were to comb through these works, page by page and word by word, never once did he pass judgement on any of his detractors. The truth however, God’s truth, was always front and center. About that he was uncompromising.

So how can we live a judgement-free yet truth-filled life in a world which, in large part, is no longer interested in the truth? For that matter, how can we avoid being speedily judged by others when the topic turns to abortion, traditional marriage or transgenderism? Those who hold true to the Catholic teachings as it relates to these hot button topics are oftentimes swiftly branded as being anti-woman, homophobic and hateful. With regard to the latter, should we even care? I strongly tend towards “no” in all honesty. It is wise however to ready ourselves for the vitriol and prejudice. As Saint Thomas More points out, “anticipated spears wound less.”

I’ve come to realize that it is absolutely essential to keep a copy of the Catechism of the Catholic Church handy. Naturally we cannot live the truth unless we know the truth; every aspect and facet of the truth. “Many are schooled but few are educated,” Saint Thomas More would oftentimes lament, and the Cathecism, a comprehensive guide to our Lord’s unchanging and everlasting truth, is the key that unlocks the door to our education. This education will in turn allow us to grow in the spiritual gifts of knowledge and counsel.

The Gospels, a genuine understanding of the Gospels, will also lead us down the path to truth. I emphasize that this understanding must be genuine because the age of Social Media has ushered in an era of great confusion, wherein Jesus’ words are often twisted, misrepresented, or taken grossly out of context. This problem will only grow in magnitude, placing a greater onus on each and every one of us to sort out what is truth and what is self-serving or simply dishonest.

These are but two valuable weapons at our disposal in our search for the unadulterated, non-judgmental truth of our Lord Jesus Christ. We must turn to them as often as necessary in order to insure that we hear Jesus’ voice amidst the unending noise that permeates our world. On that note, lest we forget the great Bishop turned martyr Saint John Fisher who shares this Day with Saint Thomas More as I leave you with his thoughts on discerning the voice of our Lord:

“A good man is not a perfect man; a good man is an honest man, faithful and unhesitatingly responsive to the voice of God in his life.”

Saint John Fisher, Bishop, and Saint Thomas More, pray and intercede for us. . .

Comments

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    No comments yet.

    working

    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: https://corp.maven.io/privacy-policy

    Show Details
    Necessary
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Features
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Marketing
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Statistics
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)
    ClickscoThis is a data management platform studying reader behavior (Privacy Policy)