Friday 10 September 2021

About Today Readings

Day of penance

1 Timothy 1:1-2, 12-14. You are my inheritance, O Lord – Psalm 15(16):1-2, 5, 7-8, 11. Luke 6:39-42.

Can the blind lead the blind?

“The blind leading the blind” is still heard today to describe the inept leading the equally inept. If our goal is to reduce our blindness – to see more clearly – it follows that focusing on the blindness of our companions won’t help.

Others have faults, and so do I. We benefit from honest self-reflection, yet we’re often not comfortable with the process or the results. It’s easy to find fault in others, to blame, scapegoat and avoid responsibility. So often others’ blind spots are declared on social media platforms where hypocrisy – the act of playing a role – thrives.

Shaming others for their faults does nothing to reduce our own. Put kindly, when we observe our own weaknesses and foibles with a dose of self-compassion, we might also be inclined to see others with greater compassion. Loving God, we learn from your patience with us in our struggle to ‘remove the log in our own eye’, trusting that you love us still.

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