Friday 23rd Week of the Year
St. Claude de la Colombeire once said, “A humble person sees only his or her own faults. It is a sign of little virtue to notice the imperfections of others.”
How much we need Jesus to see only our own faults and to make excuses for the faults that other people commit.
If anyone had the right to accuse others of their faults, our Lord Jesus did on the cross.
Though he was innocent he freely laid down his life for us while we were still sinners.
His only cry from the cross was, “Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do.”
In his mercy, he says this every time we commit a sin.
“Father, if they really knew how much I love them, they would never sin.”
He told St. Faustina one time that his mercy always comes before his justice.
Praise God that that’s the way it is on this side of death.
How different we are when we love ourselves more than we love Jesus.
It’s so easy to accuse others of their faults in our own thoughts and hearts.
It’s so easy to put a distance between ourselves and them.
We can be so happy with ourselves that we are not like that person.
Gossiping about others is a fruit of this sin.
We have to point out the faults of someone else out to other people to convince ourselves how righteous we are.
But oh how blind that can be!
In a word, we project onto others what is most true about ourselves.
That’s why we see it so easily and condemn it so readily in other people because it is so much a part of us.
The sad thing is, we are blind to this truth.
The splinter will continue to grow in our eyes and become a plank until we pray for the humility to see as Jesus sees and repent from our own sins.
What to do? Hold tightly onto a crucifix and listen to Jesus pray over and over to his Father, “Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do.”
How many times will Jesus have to pray this prayer before we begin to see?
As many as it takes.