Quotations:

I am with you always until the end of this world - Jesus (Matthew 28:20).

Preach the Word in season and out of season reproving, rebuking or advising always with patience and providing instructions (2 Timothy 4:2).

Do not fear, Mary, for God has looked kindly on you (Luke 1:30).

Anything worth doing is worth doing poorly. - G. K. Chesterton

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Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Reflection for Friday September 12, Twenty-third Week in Ordinary Time; Luke 6:39-42

Gospel: Luke 6:39-42
Jesus told his disciples a parable: “Can a blind person guide a blind person? Will not both fall into a pit? No disciple is superior to the teacher; but when fully trained, every disciple will be like his teacher. Why do you notice the splinter in your brother’s eye, but do not perceive the wooden beam in your own? How can you say to your brother, ‘Brother, let me remove that splinter in your eye,’ when you do not even notice the wooden beam in your own eye? You hypocrite! Remove the wooden beam from your eye first; then you will see clearly to remove the splinter in your brother’s eye.”
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Reflection:
In courtroom litigation before a judge gives his verdict or judgment he sees to it that every witness from the different sides is heard. This assures that whatever decision that the judge would give, is appropriate and based on the facts of the case.

We often times act as judge in our own sphere of environment. For example a father or a mother acts as a judge when he/she gives orders to their children not to do this and that.  They also act as judge when they admonish and give disciplinary actions to their children.

But in giving judgment or orders, do we see to it that we are worthy to give judgment?   If we are worthy of the judgment that we give then that is very good for our orders  will be followed. But what if we are not good role models? Here the problem lies, if we are not worthy to give judgment.
 
The gospel tells us that before we give judgment to anyone we must see to it first that we have the moral authority and ascendancy to give that judgment. And how would we do this? We always have to have a self-reflection about ourselves, such as, am I a good role model? Do I follow what I tell others to do? Well and good if we are good role models and if we lead by example.

But what if we are not?  Then the judgment or orders that we give will simply not be heard and it might even boomerang back to us. - Marino J. Dasmarinas 

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