Blind Leading Blind

IMAGE AND LIKENESS OF GOD
September 10, 2020
GOD’S WORD: A TWO-EDGED SWORD
September 11, 2020
PITIK-BULAG: Blind Leading Blind
 
Human as we are, we are inclined to immediately judge or condemn someone who committed a mistake or did something wrong. We have the talent of counting the sins of others but not our own. We criticized others’ work and shortcomings but never dare to evaluate our own. Thus, in the end, we become like the Pharisees and scribes, self-righteous and blind guides.
 
The gospel today invites us to be more aware of our own tendency to harshly judge others and challenges us to be more discreet, compassionate, and forgiving. No one is perfect, including ourselves. No one knows everything, including ourselves. Thus, we are invited by Jesus to look at ourselves before judging others. Let’s be fair in our actions by looking at ourselves first before looking at others’ mistakes. And in order to protect ourselves from self-righteousness, we need to take that approach of “ME FIRST BEFORE OTHERS.”
 
It is interesting to note that the humor of Jesus was highlighted in our gospel today. I guess, when we deal with ourselves, especially with our faults, it is better to take a humorous disposition to swallow a bitter pill … WE ARE NOT BETTER THAN OTHERS, SOMETIMES, WE ARE EVEN WORST THAN OTHERS. THUS, WE DON’T HAVE THE RIGHT TO CONDEMN THEM.
 
In order to understand why we don’t have an outright authority to judge others, the Lord proposed three scenarios:
 
1. BLIND GUIDES. What is your reaction with the idea of a blind man leading blind people? This is ridiculous and funny! Yet, this is us! We are the blind guides. We tend to judge others as if we know the way. Remember the four quadrants of the Johari’s windows? There are some things that others know about us and yet we are not aware of them. We have BLIND SPOTS! It is important to check our vision before we can lead others, especially our vision at looking at ourselves faults and mistakes. The best prayer before you judge others: “Lord, let me see myself as you see me.”
 
2. STUDENT TEACHERS. A student is not above his teacher. All of us are slow learners. As students, making mistakes is part of the learning process. Don’t act like a teacher who knows everything. Like any other student, we are bound to commit mistakes too. Mind your own mistakes.
 
Two points for consideration to make us humble: First, you’re a student. You’re a learner. You don’t know everything. Second, you must seek the right teacher to follow. In our case, Jesus is our teacher. Thus, we learn from our Master from his school … in our sacred place, in prayer.
 
3. LOG IN YOUR EYES. Would you listen to a mechanic when he criticizes someone’s way of cooking? Or an atheist teaching us how to pray? How come we are affected by the criticism or insult of someone whom we know is a liar or immoral?
 
The main point of this humorous story is to look at ourselves first before judging others. To look at our sins before casting the first stone (John 8:7).
 
Jesus was not telling us never to judge others at all times. There are moments in our lives that we need to condemn evil and immoral acts being done by someone. But it must be done with great mercy and forgiveness. Our desire is to correct our brother or sister and show them the right path. Our aim is for fraternal correction and not merely to condemn someone from his or her mistakes. Our desire is to bring them back to the Lord and not to judge them to hell.
 
Before judging others, know your faults first. Take that attitude of “me first” than “other first.” It will make you more merciful, forgiving, and understanding.
 
– Fr. Willy M. Samson, SJ
 
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September 11, 2020
Gospel Reading: Luke 6: 39-42

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