It is 11th September 2015. The readings are from 1 Tim.1:1-2,12-14 and the Gospel from Lk.6:39-42. The first reading is the letter of encouragement and instruction. It is the only place in the New Testament we read that Jesus Christ is our hope. Hope is something or someone we expect and desire. Paul believed strongly as he knew his martyrdom was so near that all the promises in the Scripture will be fulfilled in Jesus Christ. Hope becomes sure foundation for our faith through the love of Christ poured into our lives through the sacramental life. The responsorial Psalm prays, “You are my inheritance, O Lord.” (Ps.15:5). The Gospel admonishes those who wish to lead must not be blind guides. It is our duty to follow the right teachers who lead us to Jesus Christ not to themselves. Every leader has a blind spot to take care except Jesus Christ. Let us look up to Jesus who guides us and leads us to God. Jesus does not teach us to ignore the wrong doings of the other rather He encourages us to mind our own first. Criticizing is the outcome of the inability to deal with our blind spot more sincerely. Criticizing the other could lead to hypocrisy. When there is no personal attempts to spiritual growth and constantly engaging in the business of the other weakens our faith. “You hypocrite, 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.” (Lk.6:42). Let us deal with our logs in us before we even look the dust in the other. Have a good day.

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