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Luke 6:39-42

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Jesus also told them a parable: "Can a blind person guide a blind person? Will not both fall into a pit? A disciple is not above the teacher, but everyone who is fully qualified will be like the teacher. Why do you see the speck in your neighbour's eye, but do not notice the log in your own eye? Or how can you say to your neighbour, 'Friend, let me take out the speck in your eye,' when you yourself do not see the log in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take the speck out of your neighbour's eye."

Luke 6:39-42
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    • Instead of seeking healing, the person with the plank in their eye can become adept at spotting the splinters of others. If I cannot look out at the world and find what is to be praised and blessed, I need to look in to see what is hampering me, to recognise how I may be blinded to the work of God in others. As I pray for my daily bread, I pray also that I may recognise and accept it.
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    • Do I make a practice of thinking the best of other people? Do I challenge my habit of making quick judgments about others? Jesus uses humour to invite us not to take ourselves too seriously. Imagine a log in your eye and then try to take a speck out of another’s eye!
    • God sees each of us from the inside. God sees us with a generous and compassionate gaze. God does not despise or condemn us for our shortcomings and failings. Lord, today make me gaze at annoying people as kindly as you do.
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    • I bring myself before Jesus and allow myself some time to be regarded by his loving look. I ask him to remove any speck or plank that may be in my eye. I pray for the clarity of vision that he had.
    • My perspective may not be the best one; my view of myself and of the world may need correction. I pray for humility and for a deeper capacity to perceive God’s presence and action around me.
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    • Lord, when you tell me to hold off criticism until I have cleared my own slate, you are telling me not to criticise at all, because I am never above criticism myself. In the story of the adulterous woman, when you said: /Let the one without sin cast the first stone/, what happened? They went out, beginning with the eldest. Throwing stones, or bad-mouthing others, is an ignoble business. Taking to pieces is the trade of whose who cannot construct.
    • Did it ever happen that you realised you were condemning another person for their faults and then realised that your own faults were just as many or more? Jesus uses the homely example of a failure to see the log in my eye and the ability to see the speck in the other's. It's just human to be like that. The ability to recognise personal shortcomings can be a grace of prayer!
    • Maybe Jesus looked at somebody trying to take the speck out of the eye, or watched blind people leading each other. Everyday examples reminded him of life situations, of ways to speak his message. He looked around him and saw everywhere reminders of God, of life to the full. He spoke from the ordinary. Watch today for the love of God and the call of God in ordinary events and interchanges.