FRIDAY, TWENTY THIRD WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME
1 Tim 1:1-2,12-14; Ps 16:1-2,5,7-8,11; Lk 6:39-42
SURRENDER TO THE DIVINE PHYSICIAN
The Gospel of Luke was written by a disciple who was trained as a physician. Luke, with keen insight, portrays Jesus as the good physician and shepherd of souls who seeks out those who desire healing and restoration of body, mind, and spirit. A key step to healing and restoration requires that we first submit to the physician who can heal us.
Jesus in today’s gospel reading reflects on “one blind man guiding another”. Unless our sight is clear, we cannot guide others. We cannot guide others, when we ourselves are blinded by our faults and misperceptions. We need to work on them, and seek treatment from a physician. Jesus is the divine physician who can help us overcome our blind spots, sins, weaknesses and ignorance. He alone can heal and restore us to wholeness. While healing us, he also makes us instruments of healing and restoration for others.
What can hinder us from helping others? One obstacle is our attitude of passing judgment. since we are usually off the mark at this, because we neither can see inside the other person, nor do we have access to all facts. It is easier to find fault in others than in ourselves. A critical and judgmental spirit crushes rather than heal, oppresses rather than restores repels rather than attract. “Thinking the best of other people” is necessary if we wish to grow in love.
“Whenever necessity compels one to reprove or rebuke another, we ought to proceed with godly discernment and caution. Let us consider whether the other’s fault, is such as we ourselves have never had or whether it is one that we have overcome. But if on reflection, we find that we ourselves have the same fault as the one we are about to reprove, let us neither correct nor rebuke that one. Rather, let us bemoan the fault ourselves and induce that person to a similar concern, without asking him to submit to our correction.” – St Augustine of Hippo
Response: It is you, O Lord, who are my portion.
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