Do Not Judge
It is inevitable that occasionally we clash
with those with whom we live. There is an
art however that can help us live more serenely
with others. This is the art of not judging.
Two Buddhist priests were going back to their
convent when they reached a river which they
had to cross. They noticed that there was
a fine-looking young girl who was hesitating
crossing the river. So the younger priest
without thinking it over, approached her,
lifted her on his shoulders and crossed the
river carrying this young girl. When they
reached the river's shore, he put her down,
she thanked him and everyone went his own
The older monk was appalled at the younger
priest's unbecoming behaviour, and so whilst
they were alone, he started droning and telling
off his companion, "You should be ashamed
of yourself, what an embarrassment, people
will talk about us, this is not the right
behaviour, how upsetting, you young monks
are not prudent at all, as soon as we arrive
at the convent I will report this case to
the superior, just think about the bad thoughts
you will have now…" and on and on he
The young monk did not say a word, the more
so because the older priest did not give
him the chance to say anything! But when
he finally stopped to take a breath, the
younger priest turned to him and said, "Brother,
why are you still carrying that girl? I put
her down more than two hours ago…"
Do not harbour the past. Three times in my
life I had a serious case of food poisoning.
And every time the reason was because I warmed
up the food of the day before. Gosh, I remember
spending the night awake, feeling sick, throwing
up and… Terrible! I learnt the hard way not
eat yesterday's food… not just physically.
One day, Jesus went to the Father and told
him: "Father, I have been here in Heaven
now for a long time. I need a change of air.
Give me something to do in the world!"
The Father gave him a huge mallet and told
him to go and flatten all the mountains and
hills. Jesus set out on this task but after
one thousand years he went back and said,
"Father, I finished that task. Now the
world is all level. Do you have another job
to give me?" This time the Father gave
him a water pump and told him to empty all
the water from the seas and the rivers of
the world. It took him two thousand years
to do this but finally he managed to dry
up everywhere. "Father, would you have
a work that would take longer, a trade that
would occupy all my time?"
"Yes, I have," replied the Father,
"what about going around and trying
to convince the people on the need to love
Well, Jesus left to undertake this task and
apparently it is taking him longer than foreseen.
He is still working on it!
There are many lives out there that
and squeak and grate harshly day by
They need lubricating with the oil
and thoughtfulness. We shall be helping
in his task if we use the oil constantly.
(c) Fr. Pius Sammut, OCD. Permission
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