Posted by: livingscripture | June 23, 2014

Twelfth Monday in Ordinary Time

From the Word of the Day

“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’?”

 (Matthew 7: 3-4)             

How should we live this Word sunrise

Just yesterday, a grain of sand borne by the wind entered my eye.  How it troubled me!  Looking at the eye in the mirror, I saw how red my eye had become.  As usual, Jesus roots His words in the concreteness of daily life.  Even if you reflect only a little, you would see how the images in His words are perfectly attuned to what He wants to say at the service of a truth that benefits us.

This time, the truth regards the fact that it is foolish of us to formulate negative judgments about others, or even become scandalized by them when we are anything but irreproachable.

Here is the splinter and the wooden beam.  The splinter is in the eye of the other.  The wooden beam is in my eye. The first is almost weightless and the second is very heavy.  Could the opposite be possible?  Could the wooden beam be in the eye of the other, something serious and inexcusable?  Can a splinter be in my eye, a small sin of little importance?

Those who judge negatively the actions of another do not take into account the secret intention of the heart.  That is known only to God.  You and I never possess the motive of the actions of others that are interior to those who do them.  If you pretend to judge others, then truly this pretense is the ‘wooden beam’ full of sin.

Today as I pause for silent contemplation, I will delve into Jesus’ words and the images He uses.  I will ask Him to help me rid myself of my negative judgments about others and replace them with prayer for everyone. 

Lord, keep the eye of my heart pure.  Let me never look at anyone to judge them, but only to love them. 

The voice of the Lives and Sayings of the Desert Fathers

   Father Antonio, turning his glance to the abyss of God’s judgments, asked, “O Lord, why do some die young and others very old?”  And a voice came to him saying, “Anthony, mind yourself.  These are God’s judgments and you gain nothing by knowing them”.

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