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September 11, 2020

Lk 6: 39-42

He also told them a parable: “Can a blind person guide a blind person? Will not both fall into a pit? A disciple is not above the teacher, but everyone who is fully qualified will be like the teacher. Why do you see the speck in your neighbor’s eye, but do not notice the log in your own eye? Or how can you say to your neighbor, ‘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 neighbor’s eye.

New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved.

 

Revealing our own blind spots

The portrayal of today’s parable that sticks with me is from the 1999 stop-motion film “The Miracle Maker.” Before I saw it, I had always imagined Jesus sternly warning me, “Don’t tell other people what to do until you’ve got it right yourself!” In the film, as Jesus tells the story with good humor to a crowd, the animation portrays two carpenters. The first pauses his work to remove an irritant from his eye. The other, carrying a thick beam over one shoulder, insists on helping his friend. He turns around, swinging the beam with him and knocking over several things as he tries to get into a good position to “help” his friend. Jesus and the crowd laugh as they picture the slapstick scene, with the silly arrogant man who didn’t think to put down the beam before helping his friend. This portrayal helps me imagine the parable because, while it illustrates the potential destruction if I don’t recognize my own blindness, it also gives me permission not to take myself so seriously. That, in turn, helps me to be open to learning and making amends when my blind spots are revealed to me.

Molly Mattingly is the Director of Music Ministry at St. John’s Parish and Creighton University Campus Ministry.

 

Prayer

Open my eyes, Lord. Help me to see your face. Open my eyes, Lord. Help me to see. Lyrics to “Open My Eyes” by Jesse Manibusan, ©1988

Anniversary Prayer for 9/11

Holy God, Creator of all people and all nations, It is with sorrow and apprehension we remember the tragic events That occurred on this day.

We lift to You in prayer all those who died In the Twin Towers, at the Pentagon, and on United Airlines Flight 93 In Shanksville, Pennsylvania. We entrust them to Your loving care. Console their families, friends, and all who mourn this loss In the hope that all who trust in You find peace and rest in Your Kingdom. We pray for those who courageously responded to provide aid and comfort to the afflicted. May their painful memories of that day Be healed and transformed into strength and positive resolution. We also pray for ourselves as we seek Your strength and guidance. We live in the aftermath of this tragedy and under the shadow of future acts of aggression; We stand in need of Your assistance. Enable us, Dear God, to put an end to fear: By resolving to live lives that are based on respect for one another; By resolving to abide in a peaceful manner and never settle disagreements in our lives in a violent way; By resolving not to fall into the trap of blaming entire ethnic groups, races, or religions in response to acts of hostility; By resolving that justice, not revenge, prevail in our world. Let us resolve that in the face of hatred, we will show love; That in times of despair, we will be voices of hope And creators of new dreams; That in times of darkness, we will be sources of light. Let us resolve that we never regard forgiveness as weakness, But rather as a source of strength in our lives and in our world. And, let us honor the memory of nearly 3,000 individuals who died on September 11, 2001 By resolving, with Your help Almighty God, To truly live this way so You may be glorified and Your love made known to others through us. Amen. -Br. Darrell Burns, SJ
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September 11, 2020

Lk 6: 39-42

He also told them a parable: “Can a blind person guide a blind person? Will not both fall into a pit? A disciple is not above the teacher, but everyone who is fully qualified will be like the teacher. Why do you see the speck in your neighbor’s eye, but do not notice the log in your own eye? Or how can you say to your neighbor, ‘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 neighbor’s eye.

New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved.

 

Revealing our own blind spots

The portrayal of today’s parable that sticks with me is from the 1999 stop-motion film “The Miracle Maker.” Before I saw it, I had always imagined Jesus sternly warning me, “Don’t tell other people what to do until you’ve got it right yourself!” In the film, as Jesus tells the story with good humor to a crowd, the animation portrays two carpenters. The first pauses his work to remove an irritant from his eye. The other, carrying a thick beam over one shoulder, insists on helping his friend. He turns around, swinging the beam with him and knocking over several things as he tries to get into a good position to “help” his friend. Jesus and the crowd laugh as they picture the slapstick scene, with the silly arrogant man who didn’t think to put down the beam before helping his friend. This portrayal helps me imagine the parable because, while it illustrates the potential destruction if I don’t recognize my own blindness, it also gives me permission not to take myself so seriously. That, in turn, helps me to be open to learning and making amends when my blind spots are revealed to me.

Molly Mattingly is the Director of Music Ministry at St. John’s Parish and Creighton University Campus Ministry.

 

Prayer

Open my eyes, Lord. Help me to see your face. Open my eyes, Lord. Help me to see. Lyrics to “Open My Eyes” by Jesse Manibusan, ©1988

Anniversary Prayer for 9/11

Holy God, Creator of all people and all nations, It is with sorrow and apprehension we remember the tragic events That occurred on this day.

We lift to You in prayer all those who died In the Twin Towers, at the Pentagon, and on United Airlines Flight 93 In Shanksville, Pennsylvania. We entrust them to Your loving care. Console their families, friends, and all who mourn this loss In the hope that all who trust in You find peace and rest in Your Kingdom. We pray for those who courageously responded to provide aid and comfort to the afflicted. May their painful memories of that day Be healed and transformed into strength and positive resolution. We also pray for ourselves as we seek Your strength and guidance. We live in the aftermath of this tragedy and under the shadow of future acts of aggression; We stand in need of Your assistance. Enable us, Dear God, to put an end to fear: By resolving to live lives that are based on respect for one another; By resolving to abide in a peaceful manner and never settle disagreements in our lives in a violent way; By resolving not to fall into the trap of blaming entire ethnic groups, races, or religions in response to acts of hostility; By resolving that justice, not revenge, prevail in our world. Let us resolve that in the face of hatred, we will show love; That in times of despair, we will be voices of hope And creators of new dreams; That in times of darkness, we will be sources of light. Let us resolve that we never regard forgiveness as weakness, But rather as a source of strength in our lives and in our world. And, let us honor the memory of nearly 3,000 individuals who died on September 11, 2001 By resolving, with Your help Almighty God, To truly live this way so You may be glorified and Your love made known to others through us. Amen. -Br. Darrell Burns, SJ
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