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The good news for the day October 22

Saturday of the Twenty-ninth Week in Ordinary Time (478)

Some people told Jesus about the Galileans whose blood Pilate had mingled with the blood of their sacrifices. His response was, “Do you think that because these Galileans suffered the way they did, they were worse sinners than all other Galileans? Not at all! I am telling you, though, if you do not repent, you will all perish as they did! Or take those eighteen people who were killed when the tower at Siloam fell on them– do you think they were more guilty than everyone else who lived in Jerusalem? Not at all! I am telling you, though, if you do not repent, you will all perish as they did!” He told them this parable: “There once was a person who had a fig tree growing in his orchard, and when he came to look for fruit on it—but found non—he said to his gardener, ‘For three years now I have come looking for fruit on this fig tree but I have not found any. So, cut it down! Why should it exhaust the soil?’ The gardener answered: ‘Sir, leave it alone this year also, and I shall hoe the ground around it and fertilize it; it may bear fruit in the future. If not—you can cut it down.’” (Luke 13)

Guilt and patience—the mystery of sin and the mystery of God’s judgment—that is the thread here.

The really good news is that it is not your business to judge someone’s guilt—not your own even—nor someone else’s. You do what you can, you make human mistakes, act selfish or harmful, then admit it, change course, and try to remedy any harm. You see others struggle with defeats, addictions, depression and even the doing of evil—abuse, violence, theft, anger and sex—their lives a mess, as we see it. You help, but do not judge.

It is not yours to judge sin or guilt—to judge someone is worse than someone else. You stand ignorant of other people’s hearts—and often your own. Yes, you can notice something is wrong, and say so—but not guilt, not accusations of sin. Do not attack someone as though they are guilty. You leave that alone. You nurture what is good—you nourish and feed the efforts and let the grace of God grow the fruit

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