Wednesday 4 November 2015

Monday of the 12th year, uneven numbered year Lundi se la 12e semaine, année impaire

“Why do you observe the splinter that is in your brother’s eye and never notice the huge log that is in your own?”

Gn. 12,1-9 Ps. 32 Mt.7, 1-5

MONDAY of the 12th Week, uneven numbered year

“Do not judge, and you will not be judged; because the judgements you will give will be the judgements you will get.”

Jesus is totally benevolent, we find no accusation in him. In Jesus’ way of seeing, we contemplate the benevolence of God who wishes us so much good. It is this gaze that we need in order to be edified in Christ.It is the sovereign who has the authority to judge in the name of the State, representing the order of judgement; his function is to do justice, he is invested with a juridical authority giving him the authority to apply the law. When we judge a person, it is as if we were pronouncing a sentence against him. We place ourselves above him, claiming to be worthy of this position and we give ourselves the right to be a judge of someone else’s life.So we give ourselves the right to be a judge of someone else’s life. In fact, this responsibility is for God alone. Since when have I received the power to impose myself as a judge before those who are similar to me, formulating critics concerning them? St Paul says : who are you , you who judge someone else’s servant? Each believer is a servant of Jesus, our only Master. Each one of us gives account to Jesus to be approved of or disapproved of. God alone can exert this act of justice. . Paul is saying that ’Each believer is one of Jesus’ servant, Jesus is our Master.“Each one of us gives ourselves to Our Lord to be approved of or disapproved of. Imagine that we start looking at one another as the person we love the most. If we did this, everything would change in families, in couples, with children, and for community life, for we would look at each other differently. We really need to ask in prayer for this real deliverance, for Jesus truly wants to save us, He is the only Saviour full of tenderness and mercy.”Why do you observe the splinter that is in your brother’s eye and never notice the great log that is in your own? And how dare you say to your brother, “Let

me take that splinter out of your eye, when, look, there is a great log in your own!“Instead of looking at other people, the Lord Jesus asks us to be judged by our own actions. Take away the log in your own eye, then you can take the log out of the eye of your brother’s. Certainly, Jesus encourages us to come to come to help those in need, but not before having taken the care to see to our own problems.This is easy to understand. If you have taken the bother to have a good look at your own faults, there is a strong possibility that you will serve other people tactfully. Those who have known how to examine themselves and to resolve their problems are able to see quite clearly. They will be able to take away the dust in his brother’s eye as is fitting. Jesus wants us to open our eyes wide, not to look at other people, but most of all to see our own person and place it in the clarity of the Holy Spirit. If I am bothered by someone’s ’fault’, this is because this ’fault’ is very powerful within myself! Otherwise I wouldn’t be bothered by it! To be true is to enter into God’s Truth. He never stops looking at us in a benevolent manner, He draws us to him by his Love and this makes us grow. The Book of the Apocalypse tells us that the accuser lies right from the beginning : ’the accuser of brothers accusing them night and day.’ If we were cleared of all judgement, we would see our families, communities and church in a light that would be almost instantaneous.”Hypocrite! Take the log out of your own eye first, and then you will see clearly enough to take the splinter out of your brother’s eye.“It is very easy indeed for each one of us to be on the watch out for what is lacking in everyone else. It seems that this tendency rules mankind’s activity in his relationships with his fellow men. There is a hint of humour in Jesus’ question : ’How is it that you are so skillful in seeing the great log in your neighbour’s eye and you don’t see the speck of dust in your own? This lack of impartiality seems to push us to bear a judgement that always goes in our own favour. If Jesus takes away the mask of projection, it is because he desires to get us out of a trap : that of illusion :”The measure you give will be the measure you receive.” We like having a benevolent gaze that will encourage us, and one that will help us! What

we love and does us good is the measure without a measuring of love! An encouraging gaze does us good and gets us going again, allowing us to look at others in the eye and to go further in love. This is something we have to begin over and over again.

Let us ask for the grace to make progress in loving so as to welcome the Kingdom of God within us