Judging Others

Monday, 23rd Week in Ordinary Time
Daily Readings: 1 Timothy 1:1-2, 12-14 & Luke 6: 39 – 42

Reflection Date: September 10, 2021

Why do you notice the splinter in your brothers' eye? The words of the Gospel focus on the eye, the delicate sense of sight.

You will notice that people,  who cheat, are often afraid that their partners may be cheating on them. It is greedy who quickly see greed in others. Psychology calls it projection. What we do not want to accept in ourselves, we project it to other people. Thus, our Lord asks, "why do you notice the splinter in your brother's eye but do not perceive the wooden beam in your own?" Many faultfinders do not see their own faults.

If only each of us examined ourselves better and diligently corrected our own faults, there would be less evil in the world. As it is, there is much evil because we criticize the faults of others and do nothing to correct ourselves.

Let the Lord give you eyes to see yourselves better.

Joseph Cardozo SJ | Contributor