Out of the Box
“For which of these are you trying to stone me?”
~ John 10: 3
Do you ever feel like you have to live with other people’s expectations? I do and it can really be stressful. I remember after coming from mass the woman beside me whispered to me,
“You know these people are wrong (pointing to those praying in the Blessed Sacrament) I saw some of them. They don’t know how to make the sign of the cross…” and then she gives me this whole lecture as to how it should be done with matching actions. I kept quiet the whole time she was talking. Just nodding my head, to be polite. But in my mind, I felt that she was wrong, and not those people she was referring to. Why judge? God sees the heart…
Jesus experienced the same judgmental attitude. He was performing good works – healing the sick, casting out demons, teaching people to forgive, etc. But people were not grateful for what He did. Instead, they stoned Him for these good deeds. Because they said, he was making himself God, and yet He was just man.
It’s easy to see the mistakes of others. But how hard to see that we are human enough to commit mistakes as well.
When we are not ruled by our expectations of others, we become more accepting of other’s weaknesses. And perhaps, life will be better because we live our lives out of the box.