Jesus has a question for you,
“Why do you see the speck that is in your brother’s eye, but do not notice the log that is in your own eye?” (Luke 6:41)
Our Lord uses dramatic and humorous tones to convey a tremendously important message to religious people about criticism. He describes the absurdity of self-proclaimed spiritual ophthalmologists seeking to remove a “speck” from their brother’s eye while they themselves were visually impaired by a large “log” in their own eye. Jesus’ hyperbolic language powerfully illustrates His teaching on not judging or condemning another in an attempt to validate one’s own piety. In so doing, the judger always exposes the reality of his own imperfections. Thus, the one who is unable to see his or her own deficiencies while so vividly seeing the shortcomings of others is clearly a “hypocrite.” Oh Lord, open our eyes to our own imperfections. Help us to get the log out of our own eye before we help others get the speck out of their eye. Amen.
For more on facing our own sinfulness read: Luke 6:37-42
This week’s theme: Jesus Has A Question For You: