“Grant Me Not to Judge My Brother”

Those familiar with Lenten liturgy will recognize the title as part of the Lenten “Prayer of St. Ephraim the Syrian”, which reads in part, “O Lord and Master of my life…grant me to see my own transgressions, and not to judge my brother, for You are blessed unto ages of ages.”  This prayer is not the only part of our tradition which forbids us to judge.  The counsel of the Desert Fathers is replete with admonitions not to judge our brethren.  And Holy Scripture says the same.  St. Paul says, “Let not him who eats disdain him who does not eat, and let not him who does not eat judge him who eats…Who are you to judge the servant of another? (Rom. 14:3f).  St. James says the same:  “Do not speak against one another, brethren. He who speaks against a brother or judges his brother speaks against the Law and judges the Law…There is only one Lawgiver and Judge” (James 4:11f).  Such an apostolic attitude goes back to the Lord Himself.  In His sermon on the mount, He said, “Judge not, lest you be judged.  In the way you judge you will be judged…Why do you look at the speck in your brother’s eye, but do not notice the log in your own eye?  First take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take the speck out of your brother’s eye ” (Mt. 7:1f).  The teaching is clear:  we are not to judge.


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