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».
It is not a question of guiding or accompanying someone, nor of correcting a brother or sister, but a question of our willful blindness, a question of ignorance of ourselves. Since God dwells in us, self-knowledge is an imperative, in order to establish an interpersonal relationship with God. A look at our interiority, the interiority with the pure soul and our conscience that God has installed in us, can easily heal our exteriority, the fruits of our interiority.
Paul well recognised his past mistakes, in that inwardness which was contaminated by the teachings of men, which will produce acts against God. He knew a God of law, not a God of love and forgiveness. Since his search was sincere, and his commitment positive with a fidelity to the law of Moses, God wanted to meet him and this meeting transformed him. He will always acknowledge his past with pride, for he was faithful to all that he learned. We must learn from Paul to forgive ourselves generously for our past actions. God continues to forgive us our past actions, provided, we get converted and believe in Him.
Jesus invites us to start a new life, a life with Him, in Him, through Him and for Him. We already know this loving God, who asks us to love one another as Jesus has loved us. Very often we are not faithful to all that we have learned from the Lord. Let us be sincere and faithful.
Action of the day: Know thyself, with your feelings and emotions.
Daily Quote from the Early Church Fathers:
Seeing the speck in anothers eye,
by Augustine of Hippo,