Jesus offered this example, «Can a blind person lead another blind person? Surely both will fall into a ditch. A disciple is not above the master; but when fully trained, he will be like the master. So why do you pay attention to the speck in your brother's eye while you have a log in your eye and are not conscious of it? How can you say to your neighbor: ‘Friend, let me take this speck out of your eye’, when you can't remove the log in your own? You hypocrite! First remove the log from your own eye and then you will see clearly enough to remove the speck from your neighbor's eye».
There are three elements in the gospel message which I propose to you all, so that we can choose and apply to our daily life. The first is to be a pilgrim towards our own interiority. Many of us don’t know ourselves, our limits and strengths. The more we understand ourselves, the better will be our ability to understand others. The more we are open, the easier will be our learning. Jesus is asking us to take this pilgrimage towards self-knowledge. This will help us to have a better relationship with, God, with ourselves and with our neighbours. A healthy understanding of ourselves and our surroundings, can help us to contribute a lot for bettering our means and also for creating opportunities for all without discrimination.
The second elements is even though an egoistic approach, but can do a lot of mutual charity. Jesus is asking us to look what others have and can contribute in our society, than looking at what they are not doing. It is not from their emptiness that we can profit, it is rather from their fullness. The more we see the good in others, the better we can profit from them (not manipulating them for our self-goal though). It is by identifying their goodness that we help them to grow and make them contribute for the well-being of the society. When we have a lot of gown up people around us, we too grow with them.
The third and important aspect is, to make Jesus as our master and try to become like Him. He is asking us to cultivate a good quality of discipleship than becoming ourselves masters. Being a disciple means, a continuous learning approach and have a mind of openness for the newness in life. This will help us to remain always in tune with the divine inspiration, than doing what is pleasing to us. Have a wonderful day.
Action of the day: identify and appreciate what is good in others.
A Daily Quote from the early fathers
by Augustine of Hippo, 354-430 A.D.
"The word hypocrite is aptly employed here (Luke 6:42, Matthew 7:5), since the denouncing of evils is best viewed as a matter only for upright persons of goodwill. When the wicked engage in it, they are like impersonators, masqueraders, hiding their real selves behind a mask, while they portray anothers character through the mask. The word hypocrites in fact signifies pretenders. Hence we ought especially to avoid that meddlesome class of pretenders who under the pretense of seeking advice undertake the censure of all kinds of vices. They are often moved by hatred and malice. Rather, whenever necessity compels one to reprove or rebuke another, we ought to proceed with godly discernment and caution. First of all, let us consider whether the other fault is such as we ourselves have never had or whether it is one that we have overcome. Then, if we have never had such a fault, let us remember that we are human and could have had it. But if we have had it and are rid of it now, let us remember our common frailty, in order that mercy, not hatred, may lead us to the giving of correction and admonition. In this way, whether the admonition occasions the amendment or the worsening of the one for whose sake we are offering it (for the result cannot be foreseen), we ourselves shall be made safe through singleness of eye. But if on reflection we find that we ourselves have the same fault as the one we are about to reprove, let us neither correct nor rebuke that one. Rather, let us bemoan the fault ourselves and induce that person to a similar concern, without asking him to submit to our correction." (excerpt from Sermon on the Mount 2.19.64)