“Do you suppose, then, you who judge those who engage in such things and yet do them yourself, that you will escape the judgment of God?” (Romans 2:3)

Origen of Alexandria offers the following insight on this Pauline verse:

“For this reason it is right for each person to examine his own conscience first and then debate the deeds of the person whom he is judging. If this were to happen, all desire for high ecclesiastical office would vanish from those appointed to it, if those who want to preside over the people were more concerned to judge themselves than to judge others. No one should imagine that he can escape the judgment of God, as the prophet also says: “Whither shall I go from thy Spirit? Or whither shall I flee from thy presence?” These things apply most of all to those who preside over the judgment of the people. Scripture also says elsewhere that “judgment will begin at the house of God.” Therefore judgment begins with the children of God first of all, for God chastises everyone whom he accepts into the number of his children. Indeed, I think that even if it were possible, nobody should try to escape God’s judgment, for not to come to God’s judgment is not to come to improvement, to health or to a cure (Commentary on the Epistle to the Romans).”

Glory to You Father, Son and Holy Spirit:
as it was in the beginning is now
and will be forever. Amen!