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Friday of the 23rd week in Ordinary Time Download This Homily

September 13, 2019

Friday of the 23rd week in Ordinary Time

 

1 Tim 1: 1-2, 12-14

Psalm 16: 1-2a and 5, 7-8, 11

Lk 6: 39-42

 

Gospel Reading

 

Jesus told his disciples a parable: "Can a blind person guide a blind person? Will not both fall into a pit? No disciple is superior to the teacher; but when fully trained, every disciple will be like his teacher. Why do you notice the splinter in your brother's eye, but do not perceive the wooden beam in your own? How can you say to your brother, 'Brother, let me remove that splinter in your eye,' when you do not even notice the wooden beam in your own eye? You hypocrite! Remove the wooden beam from your eye first; then you will see clearly to remove the splinter in your brother's eye."

 

 

Reflection


Becoming Role Models- The Task of Disciples of Integrity

 

 

Recently I had the opportunity to be a team member for conducting an evaluation of hostels for the underprivileged children supported by a donor agency. One of the questions asked to the children was, “Do the staff practice the moral and ethical values that they teach you?” While analyzing the data we found that wherever the staff were getting angry with the children and scolding and ridiculing the children in front of others, the answer was “No”. In those places the children were deeply discontent with their wardens and other staff members. Hence the moral classes and value education sessions had not much impact on the children.

 

We know that children learn more from what the elders do rather than what they say. If the children observe a contradiction in the elders between what they say and what they do, they become confused. If the children observe that their parents tell lie and if parents advise children not to say lies, they will have difficulty to accept the advice. That is why Jesus told his disciples that before giving correction to others one has to make an introspection to see whether the same mistake or weakness is within him/her. First I have to correct myself before I give correction to others and I have to practice what I preach. In management books it is termed as “walk the talk”.

 

Aristotle’s idea of virtue relies substantially on the effects role models have on people. Aristotle believes that we learn to be moral (virtuous) by modeling the behavior of moral people. Through continual modeling we become virtuous out of habit. Of course, people can learn both good and bad habits depending on the role models they have. Aristotle believed that it was the moral duty of every citizen to act as a good role model. This was especially true for people who are most likely to be in leadership positions. Through the Gospel passage for our reflection today Jesus wants to communicate to us the same message. As disciples of Jesus, we have a great responsibility to become role models of integrity and honesty.

 

Jesus also reminds the disciples of another responsibility. Jesus says that if a blind man guides another blind both will fall into ditch. In order to guide others one must have knowledge, expertise and experience, besides moral rectitude. If the disciples of Jesus have to be effective in their mission they have to expand the horizon of their knowledge in a world where knowledge multiplies every three years. Similarly they have to acquire new skills, especially communication skills for making the effective use of electronic and print media.

 

Fr. Jacob Peenikaprambil CMI

 


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