Father Patrick Butler, LC
He also told them a parable: "Can a
blind person guide a blind person? Will not both fall
into a pit? A disciple is not above the
teacher, but everyone who is fully qualified will be like
the teacher. Why do you see the speck in
your neighbor´s eye, but do not notice the log
in your own eye? Or how can you say to
your neighbor, ´Friend, let me take out the speck
in your eye,´ when you yourself do not see the
log in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take
the log out of your own eye, and then you
will see clearly to take the speck out of
your neighbor´s eye.
Introductory Prayer: God the Father, thank you
for the gift of creation, including my own life.
God the Son, thank you for redeeming me at
the price of your own Body and Blood. God the
Holy Spirit, thank you for being the sweet guest
of my soul, enlightening my mind, strengthening my spirit and
kindling the fire of your love in my heart.
Petition: Lord, help me to grow in humility.
1. Blind Guides: Jesus poses a rhetorical question to
the crowd: “Can a blind person guide a blind person?”
It is obvious that a guide needs to see.
If we are talking about guiding people to the
kingdom of God, then Jesus is the way. He is
the one who has come from his Father; he
knows the way. First, we can reflect on his importance
and centrality to our journey to heaven. Second, we
can also think about ourselves as guides for others.
There should be a certain hesitancy, which is not reluctance,
when we consider the task of leading others to
God. We should be humble and remain very close
to the Church that Christ founded to continue his mission
2. Disciples: Christ’s next statement emphasizes that
while the disciple is not above his teacher, he can
learn as much as the teacher. The disciple of
Jesus can learn from him the steps which lead
to salvation and eternal life. Christ not only founded the
Church to continue his teaching, but he also endowed
her with the gift of his Spirit to preserve
her from error. Our confidence in teaching others should derive
from the knowledge that we are in union with
the Church and seek to follow her teachings. Learning
is a lifelong process, but religious instruction often ceases
with First Communion or Confirmation, and many adults have only
the religious formation of a child. What are we
doing to become fully qualified in our knowledge of
3. Hypocrites: Evangelization begins with us. It
does seem that we are much quicker to detect faults
in others than to notice them in ourselves. We
can even be really irritated by another person’s faults,
even though we ourselves possess them in greater measure than
does the person about whom we are complaining. The
proud person complains loudly of the conceit and arrogance
he sees in his neighbor, but he is blind to
his own vice. We need to consider our own
condition first – humbly –, and then we need to
work on truly becoming more Christ-like. The more we
allow God’s grace to transform our lives, the more
we can help others.
Conversation with Christ:
Lord, I am very proud. I so easily get
wrapped up in myself, my perspective, my needs and my
wants. I put myself before others. Help me to
see the faults in myself that you want me
to start working on. Give me the courage to address
them before I start looking at others.
Resolution: I will identify two or three practical
things I can do this week to grow in the
virtue of humility.