8th Sunday of Ordinary Time

Our Gospel reading reminds us the frivolity of our pursuits – we are often led down a misguided path, attempting to find satisfaction in naming our dissatisfactions with others. How easy is it to find the faults of others while ignoring our own? We often do this because we think we may be helping, and even Jesus recognizes this: “first take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take the speck out of your neighbour’s eye.” (Luke 6.42b) Jesus reminds us that our faults can be, and often are, much larger than others’. There is quite a difference between a speck and a log! (In other translations you’ll even see ‘beam’.) What I think Jesus is attempting to infer that it is the hypocrisy, in fact, that increases the fault in our sight. How much pain must we overcome caused by our own faults to speak on someone else’s? How can we overlook ourselves to correct others? Jesus uses these examples to call us to a deeper thought – to reflect on what it means to have our own faults, and to recognize other’s faults. It is through this recognition of one another that we find communion. How different would the parable be if we first went through the difficult task of removing the log from our eye in order to help someone with only a speck in theirs? What a discomfort for someone else’s minor annoyance. As we enter the Lenten season this week, we should reflect on our traditional practices of Prayer, Fasting, and Almsgiving. Specifically, in what ways do our actions support those living in poverty? In what ways does our inaction further their suffering? We are called to serve others as Christ served us. This is how our Gospel reading ends! “Out of the good treasure of the heart, the good person produces good […] for it is out of the abundance of the heart that the mouth speaks.” (Luke 6.45) Jesus reminds us that our actions speak louder than our words. It is in serving others that we are able to show the greatest witness to one another. If you are interested in volunteering for one of the parish outreach ministries, please contact [email protected] There is a special 2nd collection this weekend for the Society of St. Vincent de Paul. If you are interested in volunteering with the society of St. Vincent de Paul, please contact [email protected]