Daily Devotion

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By Mark Neilsen (Living Faith)

Today’s Devotional: MATTHEW 7:1-5

Twelfth Week in Ordinary Time

‘Looking but not seeing’

How can you say to your brother, “Let me remove that splinter from your eye,” while the wooden beam is in your eye? You hypocrite, remove the wooden beam from your eye first; then you will see clearly to remove the splinter from your brother’s eye…Matt. 7:4-5

In the midst of listening to a particularly good homily, I sometimes think, “Gee, I wish so-and-so were here. That’s exactly what he/she needs to hear and take to heart.” Such thoughts are easy when you are adept at looking around the wooden beam in your own eye.

Without the powerful image Jesus offers, I doubt I would ever realize there was any problem with my vision at all. But if I set myself to get rid of that “wooden beam,” I quickly discover the paradox Jesus has set up: I could spend a lifetime discovering what blocks my vision, much less trying to remove it. Consequently, I might never get around to removing that splinter in my brother’s or sister’s eye.

And maybe that is exactly Jesus’ point: Stop looking at the faults of others and trying to correct them, and your own reform will become the work of a lifetime.

2 Kings 17:5-8,13-15,18

Psalm 60:3,4-5,12-13