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

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Reflection for Friday September 9, Saint Peter Claver, Priest; 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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Are you self-righteous?

Every once in a while we all become guilty of this offense called self-righteousness. We see ourselves as someone who is above all,  we are quick to point out the offense of our fellowmen. Why is this so? Is this brought about by our self serving perception that we are closer to God than anyone else? Is this brought about by our social and economic status?

It’s all of the above and more. But the problem with self-righteous individuals is they only see the shortcomings of others but not their own. They are very quick to judge the wrongs of others but not their own.

The moment we judge others we also open our very selves to judgment. By judging them forcefully invite them to disrespect us. If we don’t want others to judge us let us stop being judgmental and let us abhor condemnation. 

Instead of judging why not motivate? Why not apply gentle correction, why not understand and forgive? – Marino J. Dasmarinas

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