The Gospel this Sunday (Lk. 6: 39-45) continues from the previous week where Jesus now talks about self-righteousness and humility:
do you notice the splinter in your brother’s eye,
but do not perceive the wooden beam in your own?
How can you say to your brother,
‘Brother, let me remove that splinter in your eye,’
when you do not even notice the wooden beam in your own eye?”
The Lord is reminding us to look at ourselves first before making judgments on others. This is because we don’t even know what’s going on with the other person’s life thus we ought to exercise self-restraint. The best thing to do is to pray for the other person’s ability to see his weakness while looking inwards to see our own shortcomings.
Looking at our own faults require humility and discernment as there are times we fail in looking at ourselves clearly that’s why we have to listen to others’ feedbacks and comments. It takes a lot of humility and courage to listen to what is being said of us. The value of family and real friends — people who only have our best interests at heart — come into focus as we engage them to be the sounding board of inner reflection. On the other hand, whenever you ignore constructive feedback and react to it negatively, you show something that tells of this pride and arrogance, as said by the prophet Sirach in the First Reading (Sir. 27: 4-7):
“When a sieve is shaken, the husks appear; so do one’s faults when one speaks.”
When you choose to ignore your family and friends’ comments, you fail to acknowledge your own defects and instead show your readiness to see the defects of others. That’s what is being a hypocrite as Jesus said in today’s Word. Thus, it takes humility and courage because it also takes strength to accept and face the need to change, sometimes painfully as there is a need to imbibe new habits and even choking back your pride.
If you are spiritual and prayerful, there’s always ease in discerning what’s close to Jesus as you already feel how He would want you to handle the situation. Developing that prayerful attitude allows you to become one with nature and with God, thus in sync with what is Divine. Sometimes His message just comes from the least expected of persons: the parking lot security guard, the front desk clerk, the office cleaner and anybody you don’t notice easily. Being mindful of what’s happening around helps you to identify what nature and events are saying at that particular moment.
It isn’t easy but St. Paul in the Second Reading (1 Cor. 15: 54-58) is encouraging and reminding of God’s promise that what you’re doing for the Lord will not be useless:
my beloved brothers and sisters,
be firm, steadfast, always fully devoted to the work of the Lord,
knowing that in the Lord your labor is not in vain.”
Let us pray that the Lord grant us the grace to be humble to see our own weaknesses and ask Him for courage and strength to change to become better versions of our own selves.
May the Lamb who willingly obeyed the Father bless us as we do His will here on earth.
“Shine like lights in the world as you hold on to the word of life.” (Phil. 2: 15d, 16a)