[Jesus said] “Why do you see the speck in your neighbor’s eye, but do not notice the log in your own eye? Or how can you say to your neighbor, ‘Friend, let me take out the speck in your eye,’ when you yourself do not see the log in your own eye?” LUKE 6:41–42B
We can see clearly when it comes to pointing out the weaknesses, mistakes, and faults of others. We can be overcritical, judgmental, and demeaning toward our family members, coworkers, and friends. It is more difficult to see our own blind spots, prejudices, shortcomings, and erring ways. We cannot exercise right judgment when we are blind to the truth. We cannot defend and support human rights when we are blinded by hatred. We cannot respond compassionately to the poor, the homeless, the weak, and the vulnerable of our society when we are blinded by selfishness. We cannot work for justice when we are blinded by greed.
We can save innocent people from genocide, war, and violence when we stop being indifferent. We can help to alleviate the plight of the poor when we stop being self-centered. We can protect the environment when we stop disrespecting it. We can advocate for nonviolence when we stop harassing people. We can eradicate racial hatred, HIV/AIDS, and human trafficking when we stop living in denial.
The wisdom of the gospel teaches us that love of God and neighbor is at the heart of the moral life. God is the source of life, goodness, love, compassion, forgiveness, and peace. Our choices in life and actions toward others flow from a right relationship with God. We are called to discern God’s will and to reflect it in our lives.
Rev. Warren J. Savage & Mary Ann McSweeny