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The Vice-Virtue Judo move, in three steps...

As we see again in this Sunday's gospel, Jesus frequently warned us about the dangers of being judgmental.

"Jesus told this parable to some who trusted in themselves, that they were righteous, and regarded others with contempt."

Person A - who was a religious, law-abiding person -- goes to the temple and prayed, "I thank you God, that I'm not like other people," especially not like sinners and tax collectors." Person A is our tendency to hold ourselves up as good examples by comparing ourselves to others. 

Person B - a tax collector, and so probably someone who was thought of as corrupt, despised, and even a traitor - stands at a distance and says, "God, be merciful to me, a sinner." Person B is the grace you receive to judge only your self, and not to engage in comparison at all.

Guess who goes home "justified" (put right, made right) with God? (Hint: it's not us when we are being judgmental.)

As Oswald Chambers writes, Jesus w…