Faith Daily | 10 September 2021
PRAYER of the DAY - PENTECOST APBA p579
you know us to be set in the midst
of so many and so great dangers
that by reason of the frailty of our nature
we cannot always stand upright:
grant to us such strength and protection
as may support us in all dangers
and carry us through all temptations;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.
GOSPEL for the Day: Luke 6: 39-42
39 He also told them a parable: ‘Can a blind person guide a blind person? Will not both fall into a pit? 40A disciple is not above the teacher, but everyone who is fully qualified will be like the teacher. 41Why do you see the speck in your neighbour’s eye, but do not notice the log in your own eye? 42Or how can you say to your neighbour, “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 neighbour’s eye.
GOSPEL Reflection: Contributed by: Maggie Woolley
There's nothing like a teenage daughter to bring you down to earth. I remember many years ago complaining about a fellow motorist and how badly they were driving. My daughter, who was about to take her driver's licence test and acutely aware of the finer details of road rule etiquette said, 'Mum, take the log out of your own eye first." Oops! She was right. It's easy to see fault in others, but not so easy to see and be aware of it in ourselves.
These verses touch on several things and are warning us about the importance of being able to see things clearly, to have spiritual discernment with regard to what we are doing, where we are going and who we are following. It's also cautioning us against hypocrisy and reminds us about how important it is to wisely, and with God's help, focus on finding what is truly relevant in living our lives as Christians.
This parable also serves as a strong reminder for us to be careful who we follow blindly.
We need to continually put our trust in God; asking for His guidance in discerning and acknowledging our own faults.
FINAL PRAYER: – - Universal Prayer for Peace – The Iona Community
Loving God, lead us from death to life
from despair to hope
from fear to trust
from hate to love
from war to peace.
May your peace fill our hearts,
our world, our universe. Amen.