Lk 6:39-42 "Why do you notice the splinter in your brother’s eye, but do not perceive the wooden beam in your own? How can you say to your brother, ‘Brother, let me remove that splinter in your eye,’ when you do not even notice the wooden beam in your own eye? You hypocrite! Remove the wooden beam from your eye first; then you will see clearly to remove the splinter in your brother’s eye.”
If you buy a new car, say a Jeep Wrangler, suddenly you notice all of the Jeep Wranglers on the road. So, what does that say about noticing the splinter in another person's eye? We notice what is prominent to us! JESUS gives us this warning, "Remove the wooden beam from your eye first". With every warning from GOD, HE also has a solution. Each time we find ourselves judging another, it is the PERFECT OPPORTUNITY FOR PRAYER.
We have been blessed with an opportunity to remove our wooden beam. We have been blessed with an opportunity to change. We have been blessed with an opportunity to grow in humility and holiness. When we notice the splinter in another's eye, let us pray for help to remove that sin from OUR soul. We can turn our judgment into a prayer. If we notice another who does not genuflect when they enter the pew, let us ask for forgiveness for all of the times that we have not been reverent, in the presence of GOD. GOD will help us to turn every slip, every stumble, into an opportunity to grow in humility. HE will give us another chance to return to the path of holiness. We should not judge! But, when we do, let us console the Sacred Heart of Jesus, and CHANGE OUR JUDGEMENT INTO A PRAYER.
St. John Chrysostom, pray for us.