Jesus told a parable to his disciples: ‘Can one blind man guide another? Surely both will fall into a pit? The disciple is not superior to his teacher; the fully trained disciple will always be like his teacher. Why do you observe the splinter in your brother’s eye and never notice the plank in your own? How can you say to your brother, “Brother, let me take out the splinter that is in your eye,” when you cannot see the plank in your own? Hypocrite! Take the plank out of your own eye first, and then you will see clearly enough to take out the splinter that is in your brother’s eye.
‘There is no sound tree that produces rotten fruit, nor again a rotten tree that produces sound fruit. For every tree can be told by its own fruit: people do not pick figs from thorns, nor gather grapes from brambles. A good man draws what is good from the store of goodness in his heart; a bad man draws what is bad from the store of badness. For a man’s words flow out of what fills his heart.’
Gospel for the 8th Sunday of Ordinary Time
What effect have you had through speaking of or to others?
Speaking – offering praise or criticism – is easy. Most anyone can even find something helpful or sensible to say, even about most anything. But will it help? Will it be heard?
Also, why is it being said? To help the other or big oneself up?
By their fruits shall you know them. Not their noise!
- What good in others can you lay some claim to have helped bring to birth?
- Where have you benefited from the help of others?
Image: Tulips. New Place, Stratford upon Avon. (c) 2017, Allen Morris.