Jesus said, "Do not judge, and you will not be judged; do not condemn, and you will not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven; give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over, will be put into your lap; for the measure you give will be the measure you get back."
He also told them a parable: "Can a blind person guide a blind person? Will not both fall into a pit? A disciple is not above the teacher, but everyone who is fully qualified will be like the teacher. Why do you see the speck in your neighbor's eye, but do not notice the log in your own eye? Or how can you say to your neighbor, `Friend, let me take out the speck in your eye,' when you yourself do not see the log in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take the speck out of your neighbor's eye.
"No good tree bears bad fruit, nor again does a bad tree bear good fruit; for each tree is known by its own fruit. Figs are not gathered from thorns, nor are grapes picked from a bramble bush. The good person out of the good treasure of the heart produces good, and the evil person out of evil treasure produces evil; for it is out of the abundance of the heart that the mouth speaks." Luke 6:37-45
A Good Measured Pressed Down
The steps we take today
the letting go and giving away
will bind us up or set us free
make us abundant or poor in heart.
We live in a world where beauty
bought and sold, youth patented
judgement now our entertainment
ridicule the circus of the moderns.
Come be a sweet fruit of love
grow from the tender shoots
let the warmth of the sun surround
and let go of the soul's deep darkness.
There is enough for every one
plenty abounds when hope restored
when sharing make community strong
when self is always part of a whole.