Judgment in Three Acts

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 I was busy, stressed and prayer-less shopping at a supermarket when one of the employees called me out persistently, at least 3-4 times, ‘insisting’ I stop right there and turn around. Why? … She wanted to greet me with “Christ is Risen!” 

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I finally met that person I had spent the whole day judging and quarrelling about with my family. How dare he try to solve that problem, my problem –my pain and my suffering–  in a different way than I would? … He was right! Not only did he also help me but he did so gently, with a great sense of humour and compassion.

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I was walking back home when a wretched, ragged beggar stopped me and asked for a little money.  “Excuse me, ma’am. Please help me. I have not had anything to eat for the last two days!” He followed me pleading for quite some time. My heart was cold and I gave him nothing. I only turned back and looked at him perplexed at the softness of his voice. Then, he looked me in the eyes and gently blessed me: “May the Theotokos intercede for you and keep you under Her Protecting Veil!”  Ashamed, I changed my mind and decided to give him a little money, but  … too late! He vanished before my eyes!

*  Text by C. Photo by Jason Tiilikainen

 

 

 

3 comments on “Judgment in Three Acts

  1. Anjali Dalvi says:

    yes indeed! we most of the times be so judgemntals.

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    • I find your response really interesting. When I read these three acts, I understood/ interpreted the title in exactly the opposite way: I felt that these three encounters ”cast a judgment” on the protagonist, not the other way round, as you are suggesting.

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  2. Iamkyriaki says:

    Christ is risen!
    I’ve heard this before: “You never know when you meet a saint.”

    Our priest, always says: “If you don’t have anything to offer, give a smile”.

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