JEREMIAH 11:18-20; PSALM 7; JOHN 7:40-53
“The Law does not allow us to pass judgement on a man without hearing him” (John 7:51). This statement was made because the Pharisees rejected Jesus without any real investigation. Today, many people and leaders are hated and rejected because of popular notion about them. The people who lived with Jesus were puzzled as to who he was – a prophet; the Messiah or the prince of demons? This puzzle has not stop till today. It has led to criticisms and propagation of evil notion about an individual. Often times these notions or dirty rumour are created out of jealousy and envy or broadcasted by a hater. The goal of such people was captured by Jeremiah in the first reading; it says: “Let us cut him off from the land of the living, so that his name may be quickly forgotten” (Jer.11:19). Thus, such people desire to erase others off and wipe away their track record. Beloved, we must give people fair hearing! Do not condemn anyone before you hear from him or her. That was how Jesus was condemned without real investigation. He was innocent but led to the slaughter house like a lamb (Jer.11:19). Lord have mercy and save us!
LET US PRAY
May the working of your mercy, O Lord, we pray, direct our hearts aright, for without your grace we cannot find favor in your sight. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, God, forever and ever.