A Daily Gospel Reflection
by Father Jim Livingstone

Friday, September 11, 2020
Luke 6:39-42 Revised English Bible 1989
“He also spoke to them in a parable: “Can one blind man guide another? Will not both fall into the ditch? No pupil ranks above his teacher; fully trained he can but reach his teacher’s level. Why do you look at the speck in your brother’s eye, with never a thought for the plank in your own? How can you say to your brother, “Brother, let me take the speck out of your eye,” when you are blind to the plank in your own? You hypocrite! First take the plank out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take the speck out of your brother’s.
Meditation: Are we clear-sighted, especially in our perception of sin and the need for each of us to see ourselves correctly as God sees us, with our faults and weaknesses and strengths? Jesus’s two parables about poor vision allude to the proverb: “Without vision the people will perish!”  What can we learn from the illustration of a blind guide and a bad eye (the log in the eye). A bad eye left untreated and a blind guide can cause a lot of trouble that will only end in misery and disaster for us. We can only help and teach others what we have learned and received from wise teachers and guides. We all are in need of a physician who can help us overcome the blind spots and failings of our own weaknesses and ignorance.

The disciple Luke was a trained physician with a keen insight. He portrays Jesus and the good physician as shepherd of souls who seeks those who desire healing, pardon and restoration of body, mind and spirit. Jesus came to free us from the worst oppression possible, slavery to sin, fear and condemnation. Like a gentle and skillful physician he exposes the sin and oppression in our lives so that we may be set free and restored to wholeness. The key to healing restoration requires that we first submit our whole person, body and soul, mind and heart to the Lord Jesus.
Jesus wants to restore you to wholeness that you might become the instrument of healing, pardon and restoration for others. Do you not see the log in your own eye? 
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