This is an interesting line from our reading. As children, we do share the flesh and blood of our parents. Whether they were good or not so good, we share the bloodline. It begs the question: If the parents are not very good people, for example if one of them is a murderer, does that mean the children are also to be considered bad because of the bloodline?
How many times have we heard someone condemn a child because of something bad their parents did? Too often, I think. True, if a child is raised in a family whose values are outside of the norm, the child may well grow up to believe those values are the norm.
However, we know that our Lord would not judge. In fact, he would open his arms and love them all the more. We know this for we sing it often, “Jesus loves me, this I know, for the Bible tells me so, little ones to him belong?”
We are all God’s children and we are called to love everyone we meet, even those we deem not so good. Just as it is written, “Do not judge, so that you may not be judged.” (Matthew 7:1)
Lord, we give you thanks for loving us. Help us not judge others. Amen. — RW