Wednesday 10 February 2021

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St Scholastica

Genesis 2:4-9, 15-17. Bless the Lord, my soul! – Psalm 103(104):1-2, 27-30. Mark 7:14-23.

God, help me see the path you intended for me

‘From within people, from their hearts, come evil thoughts, unchastity, theft, murder, adultery, greed, malice, deceit, licentiousness, envy, blasphemy, arrogance, folly. All these evils come from within, and they defile.’

How often do I point the finger and blame someone else for my behaviour? ‘You made me do it!’ or ‘If you hadn’t said this, then I wouldn’t have said that!’ Rather than looking outward for a culprit, why don’t I look within to see the spiritual condition of my own heart? Where am I responsible? Where did I slip? If I want to live as Christ called me to, I am the only one that can begin on the path. It’s no one else’s responsibility, just mine.

The answer is not in the critique of my neighbour but the consistent spiritual check-up I do on myself.

God, please help me remember your invitation not to point out the splinter in my neighbour’s eye but the beam in my own, so that I can see the path you intended for me.

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