Posted by: vftmom247 | 2011/09/09

Impulse for the Day – Whay do you notice the splinter


23nd Week of Ordinary Time

                                     Gospel: Luke 6:39-42


Why do you notice the splinter in your brother’s eye, but do not perceive the wooden beam in your own. (Verse 41)


It does happen that we get angry with other people, maybe even daily.  Most of the time we see our self as innocent, while we see the other, the one who made us angry, as guilty.  We see the splinter in his eye very clearly.  We see his guilt.  Jesus’ word is very helpful in this situation:

Why do you notice the splinter in your brother’s eye, but do not perceive the wooden beam in your own.


So, what should we do?  We should go to Jesus and ask Him: “Where is my own wooden beam?”  Please show me my own wooden beam so that I can see what I did wrong?”  This prayer, if spoken with humility, will surely be answered by Jesus.  Then we will quickly recognize our own fault.  Then our heart will be free.  The anger with our brother will fade into the background.  It may be that he has failed, but we also recognize our own mistakes.



Why do you notice the splinter in your brother’s eye, but do not perceive the wooden beam in your own.


In this gospel, Jesus invites us to always probe our conscience.  “Probe me God, know my heart; try me, know my concerns! See if my way is crooked” is what Psalm 139:23-24 says.  Psalm 19:13 reads:”Who can detect heedless failings?  Cleanse me from my unknown faults!”  Let us use today’s word and examine ourselves! Let’s ask God to show us the beam in our eyes.




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