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Spiritual Eyesight

Reflection on Mass Reading for June 20, 2022

“You hypocrite, remove the wooden beam from your eye first; then you will see clearly to remove the splinter from your brother’s eye.” There are many personality types and weaknesses that Jesus expresses the most disgust and repulsion than the hypocrite. We could ask ourselves, what is truly the problem with hypocrisy? When someone condemns the sinful behavior of others and then engages in the same behavior, we seem to lose it, or at least, sometimes. It is objectionable to realize that someone is not practicing what they preach, but it goes much deeper than that: a hypocrite is trying to convince us that they are more holy, righteous, and moral than the rest of the people. This is what makes it so hateful.

“They did not listen, but were as stiff-necked as their fathers, who had not believed in the LORD, their God.” We simply do not have nor should we ever seek the luxury of being proud, stubborn, or arrogant when it comes to our faith and feeding our souls whenever possible. This is why the Eucharist is remarkable both in its simplicity and supreme awesomeness. This is exactly how we put on the mind and heart of Jesus Christ; seeing my brothers and sisters through His eyes radiate love and forgiveness. You and I are called to begin every day to adopt and develop a healthy, realistic worldview where no one is better than anyone else and that forgiveness if we truly want it at the end of our lives, must be practiced today and right now before yet another minute passes. Life, as it is, clearly remains as fragile as it has ever been. We can live what we read in St. Matthew’s Gospel, “only then will you see clearly.”

“Truth without love is brutality and love without truth is hypocrisy.” Warren W. Wiersbe

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