The desert fathers said that judging others is a heavy burden, while being judged by others is a light one. Once we can let go of our need to judge others, we will experience an immense inner freedom. Once we are free from judging, we will be also free for mercy. Let's remember Jesus' words: "Do not judge, and you will not be judged" (Matthew 7:1).
For further reflection...
When the Pharisee who had invited himself saw this, he said to himself, "If this man were a prophet, he would know who is touching him and what kind of woman she is - that she is a sinner." Jesus answered him, "Simon, I have something to tell you." He said, "Tell me, teacher." Then Jesus turned toward the woman and said to Simon, "DO YOU SEE THIS WOMAN?" - Luke 7: 39-40, 44 (NIV)
This devotional was written by Henri Nouwen.
You can find his website here: henrinouwen.org