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September 13, 2019

Daily Reflection for Friday, September 13, 2019

Peace and Blessings, Friends and Parishioners,

We encourage you to reflect on Friday’s readings at this link:
http://usccb.org/bible/readings/091319.cfm

If you prefer to use your own Bible, the readings are:
First Reading: 1 Timothy 1: 1-2, 12-14
Responsorial: Psalm 16: 1B-2A, 5, 7-8, 11
Gospel:  Luke 6: 39-42

Our reflection on Friday’s readings:
“Can a blind person lead a blind person?  Will not both fall into a pit?”  Luke 6:39

When our children were young I watched other parents and realized you can’t teach something you don’t know.  Kids are smart.  Often more intuitive than adults.  They understand the underlying message. We, no matter what we say, can’t teach what we don’t know.

I remember being in a room with a group of mothers as the children played.  One of the moms was a rather mean-spirited lady who often gossiped or put others down even though they might be sitting in the same room.  It seemed she always needed to pick on someone.  One day, when her child, in front of everyone, treated another child in the same mean-spirited manner, the mom made a big display of telling her child to be nice and kind to others.  Could mom teach kindness if she wasn’t kind?

Can we lead someone to Christ without knowing Christ, living the love of Christ in our hearts?  We can certainly force a child to go to church, make a child memorize scripture or ensure they follow the rules.   Is the love of Christ required to lead others to Christ?  Can we teach love without living love?

I think the last Gospel line speaks to this disconnect: “You hypocrite!  Remove the wooden beam from your own eye first; then you will see clearly to remove the splinter from your brother’s eye.”

We cannot see clearly to help another when we’re blinded by our own obstacles.  As verse 40 says, when we are fully trained, we will be like our teacher.  We learn from Jesus our teacher, become more Christlike in our hearts, and lead others to Christ.   

Blessings to You,
Ruth Mytty
 

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