As Jesus is the cornerstone upon which the Church is built, so are his teachings the unifying cornerstone of Christian doctrine.

“He’s useless!”

A particularly harsh saying in our society is to judge someone else as “useless.” It is a completely dismissive comment that is often directed at politicians, teenagers, sports players or others whom we may hold in disdain. Yet that kind of attitude which we all find within ourselves from time to time is evil. It is just plain wrong. Some people have a very bad habit of directing such comments towards others quite frequently. It is prevalent in some cultures to repeatedly hurl invectives like loser, deadbeat, moron, idiot, scum and so on at others. Even very religious people deceive themselves and fall into this evil (Luke 18:9-14). Despising others occurs when we delude ourselves that there is little or nothing in our own lives to scorn. It reveals a naivete and self-deception about our own sins and faults.

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