From the Deacon’s Desk for February 27, 2022

Dear Friends:

Today we hear from the Gospel of Luke, 6:39-45. This gospel is only six verses long, but it really packs a wallop. Jesus starts off by telling us that he will speak to us in parables. He begins by asking, “Can a blind person guide a blind person? Will they, not both fall into a pit? ” Jesus goes on to tell the disciples they will not be superior to the teacher, but when trained, the disciple will become like his teacher. For example, Jesus asks questions of the disciples. For example, “Why do you notice the splinter in your brother’s eye but do not perceive the wooden beam in your own?” The rest of the Gospel gives several examples of a very human trait: looking at the faults of others and missing our own faults in the process!

Jesus tells us that it is very important to get our own lives in order. It is only when we do this that we can truly become his true disciples. I know you are aware that Jesus always puts everyone before himself. Many times, Jesus drops what he’s doing to go care for someone who is sick, troubled, or dying. We cannot live as Jesus lives until we learn how to look inside ourselves and improve the faults we have.

Ash Wednesday is next week. It is the perfect time to look inside ourselves and see what needs attention. It is the perfect time to do our best to change what needs to be changed and to love as Jesus loves!

Peace and All Good!

Deacon Jim