Judging with Jesus’ Eyes

Luke 6: 39-42
1 Cor 9:16-19,22b-27 / Ps 84

A disciple is not above his teacher, but everyone when he is fully taught will be like his teacher.

No one is righteous in his own eyes,
So judge not, lest be judged otherwise;
Instead, be willing to sacrifice
That we may lead our brothers to Christ.

Jesus also told them a parable: “Can a blind man lead a blind man? Will they not both fall into a pit? A disciple is not above his teacher, but everyone when he is fully taught will be like his teacher. Why do you see the speck that is in your brother’s eye, but do not notice the log that is in your own eye? Or how can you say to your brother, `Brother, let me take out the speck that is in your eye,’ when you yourself do not see the log that is in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take out the speck that is in your brother’s eye.” (Luke 6:39-42)

Reflection

Jesus gave this parable of the blind leading the blind both to the Pharisees as well as to His future leaders. Unless they are healed of their blindness to the truth of His teachings, they can never be expected to lead others. Otherwise, both leader and follower are headed towards failure and damnation. Jesus wanted His disciples to be fully taught before He left them on their own so that they could be like Him (the Teacher), His extension in preaching the Good News of God’s Kingdom to others.

“Why do you see the speck that is in your brother’s eye, but do not notice the log that is in your own eye?” This second parable however was addressed to the Jewish leaders alone, particularly the scribes and Pharisees who loved to sit in judgment over the Jewish people. The greatest obstacle in their vision was their hypocrisy and bias against those who did not adhere to their traditions and beliefs. They were always projecting themselves as righteous and perfect in the observance of the laws, and yet all their actions were merely for show, devoid of any compassion and sincere love for God and for the Jewish people. Jesus could clearly see all their hypocrisy, and constantly admonished them to examine themselves first, cleanse their hearts and minds with repentance, before they could correct the mistakes of their followers.

How can we discern the culpability of others if we do not first examine our own moral standing? What is our true motive in making a judgment about the words or actions of our neighbor? Are we not just being influenced by some form of prejudice about the other person? How can we lead that person whom we consider a sinner back to Jesus by our words and actions? These are just a few of the questions that we must answer before we dare to form an opinion about other people, or take the initiative to be a leader for Christ. It takes a considerable amount of sacrifice, perseverance, humility and understanding, as well as prayers for guidance from the Holy Spirit, to be able to advise and counsel others who have strayed from the path to Jesus Christ.

Our Lord said, “Everyone when he is fully taught will be like his teacher.” We can take the bold step of teaching and sharing the values of our Master to others once we have learned enough of the lessons that are readily available to us in the Holy Bible. Everything we need to know is there. It is our Lord’s lasting legacy for us.

Lord, without Your Spirit’s guidance and Your lessons that we learn from the Bible, we will never be able to judge our behavior and those of others. We thank You for the privilege of sharing Your Word to others, that they too may see the Way. Amen.

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