It is 7th September 2018. It is the first Friday of the month dedicated to the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus. We must approach the throne of mercy in the Sacrament of Reconciliation and spend a quality time in front of the Most Holy Eucharist and receive the Holy Communion will bring us a blessing we require for our life. The readings are from 1 Corinthians 4:1-5; and the Gospel from Luke 5:33-39. No one is condemned to be a failure for life. Yet, we live in an unfair and unjust society that passes rash judgements on good people when they done things in good intentions and faith. We are renewed and rejuvenated in Jesus our Lord daily. Most of us feel so scared and worried about the unfair criticism and judgements people make on us for being a good believer or even being good human being. We all need to have the mindset of St. Paul in our lives to deal with the unfair criticism and judgements. It is so painful when we are judged by a corrupted structure, ungodly person and prejudiced group. We must not lose our trustworthiness and integrity when we are mistreated and abused. We may not realise that God is watching everything even though a group of people or unjust systems crushing the voices of the feeble fabrics of a poor person’s existence. Surely, some persons will make our lives very difficult by their unfair criticism wherever we are and whatever we do. Let us strengthen the layers of trustworthiness and faithfulness to God and Christ when we are attacked by the flames of criticism and unjust judgments. “There must be no passing of premature judgement. Leave that until the Lord comes; God will light up all that is hidden in the dark and reveal the secret intentions of human hearts.” (1 Cor.4:5). The responsorial Psalm praises, “The salvation of the just comes from the Lord.” (Ps.36:39). The Gospel clarified and offers a new foundation to the understanding of fasting and accepting the new offer of salvation from Jesus. When Pharisees and the Scribes criticised Jesus and His followers for not fasting enough, Jesus rebutted them saying that the importance of fasting is not just following a law and tradition rather for a personal purification, conversion and to have closeness with God within the new era of salvation. It is indeed hard for those who believe and promote the old customs and life style to accept and appreciate the new offer of salvation from Jesus. Let us not unjustly condemn everyone and everything when we are stuck with some outdated, unverified and hidden reasons. Let not our outright criticism and judgement bury the good people alive. May God be the one to judge everything and may we live a life of faithfulness and trustworthiness all our days. May you have a good day. May God bless you.

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