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Friday September 9th: The blind can’t lead the blind

“Take the log out of your own eye first, and then you will see clearly enough…”

Luke 6: 39 – 42

Jesus teaches on two aspects of discipleship in today’s gospel passage. On the one hand, he says the blind cannot lead the blind. The blind, in the passage, refers to the disciple. Blindness, in this case, is not the inability to see but a lack of knowledge. On his/her own a disciple is inexperienced and will always depend on the teacher.

On the other hand, he warns against sitting in judgement of others. While there is a tendency to see faults in others, it is not Jesus’ way and it is not God’s way. Jesus usually looks at people with compassion, not judgment.

Both aspects depend on humility. The humble student recognises his/her limitations and tries not to be someone they are not. Similarly when looking at others it is not about summing them up and drawing conclusions. In humility we accept that we are on the journey together, being mutually supportive and caring. Gentleness and charity ought to be our guiding principles not superiority and condemnation.

Teach us Lord, to be meek and humble of heart. Amen.

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