The Speck And The Log – Homily For June 25, 2018.

The Speck And The Log – Homily For June 25, 2018.

*The Speck and the Log.*

(Homily for June 25, 2018). 
“Why do you see the speck in your neighbour’s eye, but do not notice the log in your own eye?” Matthew 7:3  
In today’s Gospel passage, Jesus asks a very fundamental question, one which I must point to myself. Why do I notice the speck in my neighbour’s eye, but do not notice the log in my own eye? The answer is simple: I can’t see the log. 

Ordinary, you might assume the log is easier to notice than the speck, but in reality the reverse is the case.

Recently, I came across the concept of the Paul Harris Window which says that there are things about me that I do not know, and I will never know but others know. I need to be someone else to know these things about me. I may deny them as hard as I can, because I can’t see them yet, they are very true. 

A man who is addicted to drinking never calls himself a drunk. If anyone calls him that, he would laugh at the person saying he or she is clearly mistaken because he does not believe it. And this is so true of human nature. A prostitute believes he or she is just a business man or woman. A con-man may call himself a pastor, a saviour. An unmarried youth who commits fornication believes it is just love. And so on and so on.

Until we are able to tell ourselves the ugly truth, until we get to see the log as it is, we would never move an inch to remove it. We only repent of our sinfulness when we come to admit the truth about our darkness. The day the drunk calls himself a drunk is the day he would stop drinking. But so long as he believes he is okay, the bottle will never depart from his lips. 

I guess you may have heard the saying that “if you want to catch a thief, employ a thief.” Only a very good thief knows the mind-set of a fellow thief. In the unconscious realm, that which you are trying to fight in someone is only a reflection of your own dark side.

Jesus is not saying we shouldn’t help others take out the speck in their eyes. Jesus is not saying we should not make efforts to correct people. He is only saying: “first thing first, remove your log so that YOU CAN SEE CLEARLY to help someone remove his speck.” This is very instructive. If we do not see clearly, we run into the danger of passing pre-mature judgement on others. 

It is easy to judge people when we are not in their shoes (when you do not understand or have never experienced their situation). So easy to condemn a footballer when you are not the one wearing the jersey and handling the ball before a crowd of 45,000 persons plus millions watching all over the world. So easy to condemn a politician for stealing public funds when you are not the one in a position with such easy access to a lot of money. 

When next you feel a strong urge to correct someone, to post a condemnatory video on social media, to cry out an act of injustice, or even to gossip someone to a friend, please examine your conscience thoroughly. Examine your heart, correct yourself, point the torchlight inward so you can see the log, then remove the log first before you go ahead to judge or criticize. 

Maybe, while removing your log, you will discover why it has been so difficult for others to remove their specks. Maybe, the lessons you learn will help to refine how you condemn. Maybe in the end, you will realize there is no need to condemn anyone at all, but to simply begin to do that which you desire to see in others. 

Let us Pray: Lord Jesus, open my eyes to see my logs, to admit the truth about myself so that I can change for the better. Amen.

*Be Happy. Live Positive. Have Faith. It is well with you. God bless you. (Monday of the 12th Week in Ordinary Time. Bible Study: 2 kings 17:5-18, Psalm 60:3-13, Matthew 7:1-5).*

Fr. Abu

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