8 Sunday in ordinary time ‘c’
We are obligated to defend the truth, to follow and defend the commandments that we have received from God. So, if someone sins or lives an immoral life, we should react. We can’t act like nothing really happened. Although today, Jesus tells us that we should correct others but only when our life and our actions are exemplary. Don’t be a hypocrite, Jesus says- “Remove the wooden beam from your eye first; then you will see clearly to remove the splinter in your brother’s eye.” It is so easy to forget this, and it happens to many of us, too many times, that we become like those hypocrites who corrected others but were unable to see that we ourselves need to change too. Even we, priests, become hypocrites when we preach to people how to live good and moral lives, but we ourselves don’t follow what we preach. We can be like those hypocrites, and so we need to remove the wooden beam from our eyes, before we start correcting or criticizing others.