September 11, 2020

In the text immediately before the beginning of today’s gospel (Luke 6:38b), Jesus begins to teach his disciples the need for self-reflection, apparently because they were blind to their own behavior. He challenges them, and us, with a parable. …How can you say to your brother, “Brother, let me remove that splinter in your eye,” when you do not even notice the wooden beam in your own eye? You hypocrite! Remove the wooden beam from your eye first; then you will see clearly to remove the splinter in your brother’s eye (Luke 6:42).

Years ago, I noted a quote from a reading assignment authored by Carl Jung. Everything that irritates us about others can lead to an understanding of ourselves. This quote “stayed” in memory and practice. Also, during that long-ago week, the gospel reading for today was proclaimed at Mass and connected — a definite gift of the Spirit! Looking at what is happening with self became a way of seeing what God was asking in my relationship with him, and my encounters with “neighbor.” A valuable lesson was learned: that the fruit of God’s word and self-reflection allows us to see truths about ourselves and inspires awareness and transformation. God help us to “see” the times our behavior, words, or judgments “miss the mark” but he also helps us to recognize his gift of goodness to us and the goodness and wisdom of others. Awareness of self allows God to grow in intimacy with him.

At each celebration of Eucharist, we receive the graces that sustain our hearts on the journey toward eternal life. We are washed clean in the blood of the Lamb and receive into our very selves the living flesh of Jesus. We go forth, God’s abiding presence within us, to love, and to serve.

Let Us Pray:

Father God, during the aftermath of the death and destruction of the 911 attack, you loved, healed, and sustained me as you do now. With a grateful heart, I thank you for your protection and loving care during this time of death and anxiety caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. Protect all those I will encounter this day. Heal my blind spots and allow me to walk in their shoes.

Let us pray with the psalmist, my refuge and fortress; my God in whom I trust, rescue me from the fowlers snare, from the destroying plague… God, you know my name and have set me on high. You tell me that all who call upon you, you will answer; You are with me in distress; You deliver me and give me honor; With length of days, you satisfy me and show your saving power. (Paraphrase of Psalm 91:2-3; 14-16)


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About Anita McMahon

Anita lives in New Port Richey, Florida.