Friday, September 12, 2014

Reflection: Luke 6:39-42

Friday of the 23rd Week in Ordinary Time - Luke 6:39-42

In today’s Gospel, Jesus continues his teaching and formation of the apostles. Today Jesus is inviting us to become aware of how quickly we may jump to judgment of another person. At times, judgment of another person comes so automatically that we may not even consciously recognize it. Jesus may simply want us to be aware of what is going on in our minds. Once we are aware, then we have a choice about what action or attitude we want to take.

It is much easier to see the splinter in another person's eye than to recognize the splinter in my own eye. Perhaps recognizing the splinter in the other person’s eye makes us feel better about ourselves. Jesus is reminding us to be mindful! Our mind often jumps to judgment before we even are consciously aware of it. However, when we become aware of the judgment we are making, we can decide to let go of the judgment — or not! Today may we strive to be more consciously aware of what is going on in our minds and hearts.

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