Magazine article National Catholic Reporter

Learning to Discern Rather Than Judge

Magazine article National Catholic Reporter

Learning to Discern Rather Than Judge

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Looking at Pontius Pilate in Station One can help us to examine the pitfalls of judging without first taking time for discernment.

When we judge, we find fault, place blame or decide who is worthy and who is not. We decide what is right or wrong, good or bad based on our emotional reactions. The process of judging is focused on problems rather than solutions. At the root of judgment is fear--fear of losing something we have or fear of not getting something we want. However, when we use discernment to make decisions, we open ourselves to all possibilities, to new ways of looking at problems and people. As we discern, we welcome God into our decisions. Through discernment, we seek truth, not justification for our opinions and fears.

Pilate's decision to condemn Jesus to death was based on political pressures and opinions and the emotions of fear and anger. Motivated by his desire to maintain hits political power and his control of the masses, he failed to understand the truth about Jesus. …

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