A Penitent Blogger

Mindful of my imperfections, seeking to know Truth more deeply and to live Love more fully.

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Monday, June 23, 2008

Clearing our eyes

In today’s Gospel (Matthew 7:1-5), our Lord gives us this warning:

Stop judging,
that you may not be judged.

For as you judge,
so will you be judged,
and the measure with which you measure
will be measured out to you.

Why do you notice the splinter in your brother’s eye,
but do not perceive the wooden beam in your own eye?

How can you say to your brother,
‘Let me remove that splinter from your eye,’
while the wooden beam is in your eye?

You hypocrite,
remove the wooden beam from your eye first;
then you will see clearly
to remove the splinter from your brother’s eye.

God has revealed what is right and what is wrong: it is not a human invention or human preference.

We must always speak truthfully and effectively about what is right and what is wrong, while explicitly and continually examining and purifying ourselves by the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, so that we may all come to see clearly and perfectly the truth and the love and the glory of God.