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A sound spirituality starts with self introspection. The deeper we look into the self, the more we come to appreciate the fact that we are all in need of repair works. An old saying, “If everyone only cleaned their own doorsteps, the whole world would be clean.”
Obsessive fault-finders have a penchant for extracting specks in the eyes of others. Like miners, they dig deep into the lives of people in search of flaws and when they discover one, they feel a certain satisfaction. They treat foibles in others as breaking news. One does not need to put these faultfinders under the microscope to find huge cracks in their own character and personality.
Jesus, in our Gospel text for the day, exhorts us, “Why do you look at the speck that is in your brother’s eye, but do not notice the log that is in your own eye? Or how can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ and behold, the log is in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take the speck out of your brother’s eye” (Mt. 7:3-5).
Leo Tolstoy is quoted as saying, “Everyone thinks of changing the world, but no one thinks of changing himself”. As we surrender ourselves to the life-changing Gospel of Jesus Christ, a change takes place in us. When one person changes; it is the world that has changed. Perhaps, instead of being excessively critical about others, let us consider taking the log out of our own eyes.
PRAYER: Lord Jesus Christ, I desire to see a change in my life. I desire to be more like you. Help me with the grace I need today to draw one step closer to you. Amen.