1 Cor. 9:16-19,22-27, Ps. 84:3-6,12, Luke 6:39-42
“Why do you see the speck that is in your brother's eye, but do not notice the log that is in your own eye?” (Luke 6:41)
The success of St. Paul came from the fact that he did not only preach, he allowed his preaching to affect his own life. That is to say; he practiced what he preached unlike the hypocrites Jesus strongly condemned.
The best preaching does not involve words. I may tell you how dirty your shirt is and keep repeating it all day without any impact but when I decide to wear a clean shirt myself, you will be the one asking how you can get a clean shirt as well.
Jesus says if you want to help your brother take out the speck in his eye, first remove the log that is in your own eye so you can see clearly to help your brother. Good preaching begins with an examination of conscience. What good will it be if I preach to others and help them get to heaven while I catapult myself to hell? What good will it be if I do the things I condemn with my mouth? What good will it be if I am just a signpost?
St. Paul says: “If I preach the Gospel, that gives me no ground for boasting.” The fact that I am a priest will not make God give me preferential treatment on judgment day. So, as I preach, I must exercise a great deal of self-control like an athlete who disciplines himself in order to win the prize. I must make sure I do not fall into the same sins I preach about. “I pommel my body and subdue it, lest after preaching to others I myself should be disqualified.”
A blind man cannot lead a blind man. They would both fall into a ditch. Before attempting to correct a person, make sure you are not guilty of the same sin.
Let us pray: Almighty ever-living God, open my eyes so I can be a better leader every day. Through Christ our Lord. Amen
Be Happy. Live Positive. Have Faith. It is well with you. God bless you. (Friday of week 23 in Ordinary Time. Bible Study: 1 Cor. 9:16-19,22-27, Ps. 84:3-6,12, Luke 6:39-42).
© Rev. Fr. Evaristus Abu