#GospelToday (Lk 6:39-42)
And he told them a parable, "Can a blind person guide a blind person? Will not both fall into a pit?
No disciple is superior to the teacher; but when fully trained, every disciple will be like his teacher.
Why do you notice the splinter in your brother's eye, but do not perceive the wooden beam in your own? How can you say to your brother, 'Brother, let me remove that splinter in your eye,' when you do not even notice the wooden beam in your own eye? You hypocrite! Remove the wooden beam from your eye first; then you will see clearly to remove the splinter in your brother's eye."
@George #GospelToday This passage reminds me of the quote, "Unsolicited advice is usually more about the needs of the giver than the receiver." A wooden beam is obviously bigger than a splinter, therefore who is the one who truly needs help. We tend to be quick to give advice when most people just want someone to listen.
@christine You are right - listening is always sound pastoral advice.
Even so, sometimes people are oblivious to the harm their sins cause themselves and others, believing either it is "their business", "doesn't hurt anyone" or simply their right to choose (idolatry of placing politics, sexual passion, union, sports, etc) over God. In other cases, many people think the ends justify the means.
Sometimes these people go to church and even consider themselves "devout". They are deluding themselves on their stroll down the wide road. The passage is a warning to them.
We are obliged to correct them IF our motives are pure, they will consider our input, the time and place are appropriate, and there is founded hope of success.
Parallel passage beginning in Matthew 7:21:
"Not everyone who says to me, 'Lord, Lord,' will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father in heaven. Many will say to me on that day, 'Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name? Did we not drive out demons in your name? Did we not do mighty deeds in your name?' Then I will declare to them solemnly, 'I never knew you. Depart from me, you evildoers.'"
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