Sunday 1 June 2014

Monday of Week 12 Year 2

It seems easy to find fault or imperfections in others. We think that others should behave like this or like that, or they should look like this or like that, or they should get rid of a certain habit, etc. But how many of us are diligent and humble enough to discover and rectify our own faults or imperfections? Sometimes the faults and imperfections we see in others are in reality our own which we project on others. We may feel too proud or ashamed to admit our faults, weaknesses and imperfections, and so we try to blame others, hoping that no one will notice our true self.

Jesus in today's Gospel questions us: "Why do you observe the splinter in your brother’s eye and never notice the plank in your own? How dare you say to your brother, “Let me take the splinter out of your eye,” when all the time there is a plank in your own? Hypocrite! Take the plank out of your own eye first, and then you will see clearly enough to take the splinter out of your brother’s eye." Are we still being stubborn and hypocritical in trying to change others while refusing to change ourselves? Have we become so thick-skinned that we think we are ok and others are not? Let us open our eyes and hearts, and be humble enough to realise our true selves and let God help us change our lives and attitudes.

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