Mirrors and Glasses



Do we know of people around us who always have the need to look for mistakes or errors and magnify them? Do we know of people around us who always have something negative to say about others?

I do. Because I am one of them.

Judging Others
“Do not judge, or you too will be judged. For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.“Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye? How can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when all the time there is a plank in your own eye?You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye.

Today's Gospel (Matthew 7:1-5) reminds us that the same measure by which we judge others will also be the very same measure which we will be judged. Who likes that? I don't, but our human nature and sinful pride often make us easier to point out the shortcoming of others even before we look into the weaknesses and limitations we have in ourselves.

I admit it's not an overnight job to really conform to this gospel teaching because even if the spirit is willing, the flesh is really very weak. I tried, I failed. But God says I can always try again.

One thing though that made it easier for me to be less judgmental of others is going to confession regularly. This sacrament is one thing I didn't appreciate before because I used to think that why do I need a priest when I can just say it directly to God. His grace made me experience the wonders of humility, which slowly transformed my perception as well. It's like as if picking up a gigantic magic mirror and seeing my sinful nature being reflected back at me. Going to confession more regularly made me see how much of a sinner I am, and how I am in dire need of His mercy. The more we discover this need in ourselves, the lesser we become critical of others, the lesser we demand of perfection from them and from our selves as well.

I believe the world can become a more peaceful place if we opt to pick up mirrors instead of magnifying glasses. But if we can't help but pick up these magnifying glasses, can we just point it over strengths, talents, abilities and magnify them instead?

Pointing out other people's sins doesn't make ours smaller, but pointing out our own sins make another thing bigger- our need for God and His love and mercy in our lives every single day.

God bless your day. 

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