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Friday of the Twenty-third Week in Ordinary Time

 

READINGS

First: 1 COR 9:16-19, 22B-27

Responsorial Psalm:  PS 84:3, 4, 5-6, 12

Gospel: LK 6:39-42

 

Homily

Jesus teaches us today about seeing clearly before we can make a fraternal guidance to our brothers or sisters. In the parable, Jesus said that a blind man surely cannot guide another blind man, otherwise both will fall into a pit. Further He said that to remove the speck from a brother’s eye, we need to remove the wooden beam from own eyes first. Seeing clearly then is imperative if we are to guide others or helping them with their defects.

Seeing clearly could mean a lot of things, but if we understand it in the context of the Gospel we will see what Jesus meant by looking at the center piece: “No disciple is superior to the teacher; but when fully trained, every disciple will be like his teacher.” Jesus said this because the Pharisees readily judge and condemn His disciples. Chapter 6 of St. Luke which our reading today is from begins with the Pharisees judging the Jesus’ disciples.

“While he was going through a field of grain on a sabbath, his disciples were picking the heads of grain, rubbing them in their hands, and eating them. Some Pharisees said, “Why are you doing what is unlawful on the sabbath?” Luke 6:1-2

They accused the actions of Jesus’ disciples as unlawful. Jesus even made mention towards the end of today’s Gospel reading, “you hypocrites”. He was referring to the Pharisees, who are blind guides, who easily judge others. What Jesus is telling them is to remove the wooden beam in their own eyes that blinded them to see clearly. This would enable them to remove ones defects first before helping others remove theirs. Seeing clearly here simply means to understand with clarity the truth that Jesus teaches. It is what Jesus teaches that makes everything clear. Clearly, the Pharisees reject Jesus and His teachings.

For the Pharisees seeing clearly that way Jesus wants them to see is not possible. They do not desire to be one of His disciples, to be trained by Jesus, The Teacher. They opt to remain blind. They will never be fully trained and thereby they do not become a wise teacher. They remain blinded by their wooden beam of their hypocrisy.

For all of us today, let us learn from Jesus. It maybe painful as Jesus would reveal to us our shameful wooden beams of our sinfulness. But it is only be remaining as His disciple that we will be able to remove everthing that blinds. Then seeing clearly our mistakes in the light of God’s unconditional forgiveness, we will be able to guide our brothers and sisters well.

 

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