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July 19, 2018
            
 

This Sunday's gospel contained the disturbing story of the beheading of John the Baptist. It is shocking to find out in the details of the gospel, that Herod was grieved by what he had ordered done. In other words he knew it was wrong, didn't want to do it, but did it anyway (in response to the pressure of his wife and his peers.) It didn't help that he had probably been drinking as he was allured by his step-daughter's dancing and gave in to the devious plotting of his wife against a man he knew was righteous and holy. I am reminded of Romans 7: 15 & 24 in which Paul says, "I do not understand my own actions, for I do not do what I want, but I do the very thing that I hate. Wretched man that I am!" 

That led me to recent news stories such as the woman who bashed in the head of an elderly man with a brick and told him to go back to his own country, the man who attacked his wife with a chainsaw in front of their children, and the separation of children and their parents at our Southern border. Surely these people also knew that what they were doing was wrong. 

All the while that I was thinking dark thoughts about all these people, niggling in the back of my mind was a voice. I didn't want to listen to it because it was saying something difficult to hear. But I knew it was Jesus' voice and I love him, so I had to listen. The voice said "Lyn, why do you see the speck in your neighbor's eye but you do not notice the log in your own eye?" It is so much easier to point out the brokenness out there somewhere and thus avert my eyes from the brokenness inside of me. That's what we humans do. It is a defense mechanism so we won't feel the pain of guilt. But you know what they say...when you point your finger at someone else there are three more fingers pointing back at you.  Jesus calls us away from pointing fingers as a first priority. First, he says, look at your own brokenness and then you can see more clearly to take the speck from your neighbor's eye. 

The church has passed down some wonderful gifts to help us take the log out of our own eyes. There is the Examen of Conscience given to us by Ignatius of Loyola, the sacrament of reconciliation, and the general confession, which we did as a part of the Prayers of the People on Sunday. If we are truly disciples and really want to follow Jesus our priorities must be Jesus' priorities. First take the log out of our own eyes. Then we can focus on others.

Blessings!

Mo. Lyn+
 
 
 

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Join us on Friday, July 27, 6:30PM, in the SHACK room for the 1986 happy, heartfelt, science-fiction hit, "Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home"! Captain Kirk and his intrepid crew must travel from the 23 rd century to 1986 San Francisco on a desperate quest to save the whales--and the Earth! This "fish out of water" tale takes Kirk, Spock, Bones, Scotty, Uhura, Chekov and Sulu from outer space to the streets of San Francisco, the halls of the Monterey Bay Aquarium, the front seat of a truck and a nuclear aircraft carrier. The story is an ecological allegory; it's also upbeat, uplifting, crackling with comedy, and requires no prior knowledge of Star Trek. And as always, admission and refreshments are free, and the company is stellar.

 
 
 
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