He also told them a parable: “Can a blind person guide a blind person? Will not both fall into a pit? A disciple is not above the teacher, but everyone who is fully qualified will be like the teacher. Why do you see the speck in your neighbor’s eye, but do not notice the log in your own eye? Or how can you say to your neighbor, ‘Friend, let me take out the speck in your eye,’ when you yourself do not see the log in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take the speck out of your neighbor’s eye.
Food For Thought:
As a disciple of Jesus Christ, this has always been one of the most poignant passages of Scripture for me. It reminds us that we are always able to see the faults of others, but fail to see our own faults very well. In other words, we are quick to make judgments about others but are not a good judge of our own shortcomings. This passage is essentially saying, “Do not judge unless you want to be judged.” Today, I want you to think about one thing that you need to work on in your relationship with God and put it on a list of things that you would like to work on to improve.
From your mouth, O God, come mercy and righteousness, and out of the abundance of your heart you have given us your Word made flesh, Jesus the Christ. Pour out your Spirit of integrity upon us that all we say and domay befit a people made in your image and baptized into the dying and rising of your Son. In your loving name we pray, Amen.