Today is Thursday the 12th of June in the Tenth Week of Ordinary Time.

The Nuns of St Cecilia’s Abbey sing Ubi caritas est vera, Deus ibi est. Wherever love is true, God is there. Look at the people around you. Look into their faces. Think of the lives they lead, when they get off this bus or this train, Their work, their worries, their passions, their loves. God is present here: the God who is love. Present, living, dwelling in every one of these people, and in you.

Today’s reading is from the Gospel of Matthew.

If you have never in your life called anyone a fool, then you must be a very unusual person.  These words of Jesus are not intended to make us all feel guilty.  They are meant rather to encourage us not to judge others.  Ponder for a moment if there is anyone who has anything against you – not necessarily anyone you have anything against, but anyone who has anything against you.
Thinking about that person, did you feel the temptation to judge them?  How did you deal with it?   Now consider, is there any way that you can reach out in reconciliation towards anyone who has anything against you?  If there is someone you need to make your peace with, but you can’t think of any way, ask God to enlighten you and suggest something.

In the light of all this, and maybe thinking about that person, listen to the reading again.

Can you ask God now for the grace to hold back from judging, and to live in peace and harmony with others?