How easy it is to judge others! How much more difficult is it to be honest with ourselves! In today’s Gospel we hear Jesus ask, yet again, another “pointed” question Matt 7:3-4. Jesus quickly points out that we fail to see our own sin.
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?
We are so quick to point out the faults of others; to admonish the sinner, under the guise of a spiritual work of mercy. Yet, we fail to see our own sins; let alone do anything about them. Rather than looking to find fault with others, we need to look inward and take stock of our own sins. Judging others is God’s business and none of our business. Only God can judge others, because only He can read every human heart and know the true intention for one’s actions.
Do you not see your own sin?
If you want to judge someone, then the only person you can judge is yourself. Like God, only you know the true intentions of your heart. You know the motives for your acts. So, rather than judging others, based upon your perception of their acts, look to yourself. Take the wooden beam out of your own eye, and let your brother remove his own splinter. Then you will both see more clearly.
See, with the eyes of faith, the goodness in others. Recognize the dignity of everyone you meet. Appreciate the strengths and talents of others, thus minimizing their faults. If you were to do these things, then Jesus would have no right to judge you as a hypocrite, as He does in today’s Gospel (Matt 7:5).
Would Jesus call you a hypocrite?
So, if you were engaged in a conversation with Jesus today, would you need to remove your own wooden beam? Would Jesus call you a hypocrite? Or, would Jesus “judge” you to be a good and faithful servant who sees the goodness and dignity in others?
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