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REFLECTIONS ON MATTHEW 7

REFLECTIONS ON MATTHEW 7

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By PASQUIER QUESNEL.


NOT TO JUDGE. — NOT TO CAST HOLY THINGS TO DOGS.

1. Judge not, that ye be not judged.
By PASQUIER QUESNEL.


NOT TO JUDGE. — NOT TO CAST HOLY THINGS TO DOGS.

1. Judge not, that ye be not judged.

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REFLECTIONS ON MATTHEW 7By PASQUIER QUESNEL.NOT TO JUDGE. — NOT TO CAST HOLY THINGS TO DOGS.1. Judge not, that ye be not judged.God reserves to himself the judgment of the heart of man.Nothing so much incenses a judge against a criminal, as tosee him set up himself for a judge. We search into the heartof our neighbour to discover something for which we may con-demn him, either out of an idle curiosity, or out of envy andmalice, or in order to find our own justification in the con-demnation of others ; this is what a great part of the worlddo almost without perceiving it.2. For with what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged: and withwhat measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you again.We believe it, because Christ has said it, that we shall betreated at the last judgment as we shall have treated others ;and yet we act every day as if we did not believe it. Hewho shows mercy shall receive it. This severity which is just, considerate, and proportioned to our sins, is the punish-ment of the unjust, rash, and excessive rigour of the greatestpart of our judgments.3. And why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother's eye, butconsiderest not the beam that is in thine own eye ?On one side, self-love blinds us as to ourselves ; and on theother, envy and malice give us piercing eyes in respect of others. An excellent remedy against this forwardness incensuring the conduct of others, is to consider ourselves beforewe find fault with them. When we shall have as much zealto correct ourselves as we have inclination to correct others,we shall then know our own defects better than we now dothose of our neighbours.4. Or how wilt thou say to thy brother, Let me pull out the mote outof thine eye : and, behold, a beam is in thine own eye ?A false, blind, and irregular charity inspires us with aCHAPTER VII. 97malicious attention and application to the faults of others,
 
and with an extreme sloth and negligence in regard of ourown conduct. Give us, Lord, that true charity, which teaches,not to flatter ourselves, to spare our neighbour, and to judgeequitably of every thing.5. Thou hypocrite, first cast out the beam out of thine own eye ; andthen shalt thou see clearly to cast out the mote out of thy brother's eye.The necessary order of action is to labour first about ourown sanctification, before we apply ourselves to that of others ;for else it is nothing but pride and hypocrisy. A blind, pre-cipitate, and ungoverned zeal is good for nothing but to puff us up, to darken our understanding more and more withrespect to ourselves, and to make us commit very great faultswith respect to others. What is it to cast the beam out of our eye before we undertake to exercise the ministry of salva-tion, but to purify our heart from every human aim and irregu-lar intention, to mortify our passions which are the causes of our blindness, to enlighten our faith by studying the way of salvation and the rules of the church, and to lay aside allfalse prejudices or popular prepossessions which are contraryto true piety ?6. 1[ Give not that which is holy unto the dogs, neither cast ye yourpearls before swine, lest they trample them under their feet, and turnagain and rend you.It is an express command of the Lord, not to expose thetruths, mysteries, or sacraments of the church to the contemptand profanation of sinners; and yet this is what is now-a-dayscharged as a crime on those who endeavour to observe it.That is often represented as party management and con-federacy, or as dangerous dissimulation, which is really thenecessary wisdom and discretion of not dispensing the truthto those who are fit for nothing but to bark at it like dogs,to trample it under their feet like swine, and to rend or perse-cute those who deliver it to them. Sacraments are not forsuch as are continually returning, like dogs, to their formersins, particularly those which proceed from the tongue andthe mouth; nor for such as remain, like swine, under habitsof impurity, or of any other sins.Vol. I.— 9 G93 MATTHEW.THE MEANS TO ARRIVE AT PERFECTION.SECT. II. — 1. MEANS — PRAYER.7. If Ask, and it shall be given you ; seek, and ye shall find ; knock,and it shall be opened unto you :How rich is a man when he knows how to ask, to seek, andto knock as he ought; with his tongue, his desires, and hisworks ! Let us ask, with confidence and humility ; let usseek, with care and application ; let us knock, with earnestness
 
and perseverance. Grant me, Lord, a faith, which may makeme thoroughly sensible of my needs, and humbly ask thygrace ; a hope, which may excite me to seek thy kingdomonly, and the righteousness which leads thereto; and acharity, which may urge me to knock incessantly and respect-fully at the gate of thy mercy.8. For every one that asketh receiveth ; and he that seeketh findeth ;and to him that knocketh it shall be opened.Prayer is always heard after one manner or another, whencharity asks, seeks, and knocks. She alone obtains all whichshe asks, because she alone asks what she ought, and that ina right manner, and for a good end. The way never to berefused is, never to desire any thing but the will of God.9. Or what man is there of you, whom if his son ask bread, will hegive him a stone ?We have no right to ask any thing of God, but only,(1.) Under the quality of children, and as members of hisSon. (2.) With the heart of children, or a filial love.(3.) Necessaries, as bread. Thou art, my God, both theFather and the bread of our souls. Give thyself to us, theeand thy Son Jesus Christ, the bread of heaven. How manytimes, Lord, have Ave asked of thee a stone, namely, the goodthings of the earth, which would only have formed in us aheart of stone, and thou hast been pleased to give us thebread of thy grace, of thy word, and of thy Son !10. Or if he ask a fish, will he give him a serpent ?Jesus Christ may be said to be hidden in the Scriptures,as a fish is hidden in the water; faith and charity find himCHAPTER YIL 99there ; curiosity and concupiscence, instead of him, find theresometimes the serpent and his temptation. If he is an un-natural father who gives his children things hurtful to thelife of the body, what then is that person who causes them tolose the life both of soul and body to all eternity, in poison-ing them with the maxims of the world, and in giving them

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