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Saturday, February 20, 2016

 

He also told them a parable: ‘Can a blind man lead a blind man? Will they not both fall into a pit? A disciple is not above his teacher, but everyone when he is fully trained will be like his teacher. Why do you see the speck that is in your brother's eye, but do not notice the log that is in your own eye?...” (Lk 6: 39-41)

 

If I attempt to help a newcomer to the faith, but am myself infected with arrogance, that is, self-seeking (“arrogance” comes from the Latin “arrogare,” which literally means “to claim for oneself”), we both “fall into a pit.” And that’s not a pleasant place to be, particularly for two self-seeking people. We both end up pointing out each other’s “specks,” rather than doing anything constructive.

 

Today I am reminded that ministry to others on the path of salvation is...

Tuesday, January 19, 2016


Then Jesus came from Galilee to John at the Jordan, to be baptized by him. John would have prevented him, saying, ‘I need to be baptized by you, and do you come to me?’ But Jesus answered him, ‘Let it be (so) now; for it is proper for us in this way to fulfill all righteousness.’ Then he consented. And when Jesus had been baptized, just as he came up from the water, suddenly the heavens were opened to him and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and alighting on him. And a voice from heaven said, ‘This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.’” (Mt 3: 13-17)

 

St. John the Baptist was “sent from God” (Jn 1:6) for a specific ministry to the people; to “make straight the paths of the Lord” in the people’s hearts, by calling them to “the baptism of repentance” or “metanoia,” a...

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