A Question of Kingdoms
This week I will reject all internal judgments
by Father Edward Hopkins, LC | Source: Catholic.net
Dear Jesus, I believe that you are truth
itself; that you are the foundation of all moral judgments. I trust that you really care for me and
give me the light to see the needs of others. I love you, Lord, and show it now with my desire to
Make your truth my life, Lord!
1. Asking My
Every day we form countless judgments. Often they seem based more on what
others have said, than on what we know. We are often told what to think by the media, government and
even coworkers. Pilate was one of those whose judgment was based on what others had said. His
question to Jesus was that of a functionary; not of someone sincerely seeking the truth. Jesus
sensed this weakness and confronted him. Pilate’s excuse was that he was not Jewish, so how could he
hope to understand? I will be judged one day on how I judged. How fair, how sincere and really how
interested am I in others? Do I treat those in my life as though I really cared?
Stands above This World:
Pilate’s verbalized thoughts and the accusations of the Sanhedrin
against Jesus come from this world. It is a world where people, once accused, are already judged;
where most judgments remain hidden but still assassinate the person through actions and omissions;
where “what others think of you” seems to matter most. Jesus does not belong to the ways of human
respect. Nor can human respect even begin to judge him. He answers to God alone, just as he lives
only to please his Father. Do I belong to this world? What kind of grip does this world have on me?
How do its judgments affect my behavior?
3. Belonging to the Kingdom of Truth:
What is relative can never judge what is absolute, just as changing seasons do not define
human nature. Only a judgment from what is absolute can determine real values for all. Just before
being elected Pope, Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger exposed the world’s imposition of subjective personal
values, calling it a “a dictatorship of relativism that does not recognize anything as definitive
and whose ultimate goal consists solely of one's own ego and desires” (Homily, April 18, 2005). In
the same homily he juxtaposed this relativistic “truth” to friendship with Christ. Real friendship
with Christ is our single guiding light, and it requires that we subject to him all other guides:
our ego, our own feelings and our selfish desires. His ways, love and truth replace self-seeking. In
which kingdom do I live?
Conversation with Christ:
Lord Jesus, you are my king
and your kingdom is truth.
Form my mind to know all things in relation to you.
Form my heart
to judge all people in relation to your love.
Free me from the deceptions of pride, human
and self-love. May only your love reign in my heart!
This week I will reject all internal judgments of others that are based on hearsay. I
will replace them with prayers for those persons, giving them the benefit of the doubt and
entrusting them to the care of the King.
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