The fully trained disciple will always be like his teacher. (Luke 6:40) (The meditation on the discipleship of Christ.)

When do we compare ourselves with others?
(While we do not see the plank in our own eye, we stress the splinter in the eye of another.)
When do we live double standards?
(While portraying God’s moral values, we behave very inadequately.)

It happens:
– when we do not focus enough on Christ;
– when we are not a fully trained disciple;
– when we forget that our only role is to imitate Our Lord and follow in His footsteps.

Only when we direct our attention on Christ:
– will He occupy the forefront of our minds;
– will He release our feet from the snare;
– will we allow Him to form us by the Scripture and His Presence in the Blessed Sacrifice of the Altar.
– will we praise Him: “Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.”
– will we see the plank in our eyes.
– will we be released from comparing ourselves with others.
– will we be released from hypocrisy.
– will we need deny our very self, take up our cross daily and follow Him.


Our hearts need to change, and it will happen when we are asked to show how much have learnt to love. Everything that fills our hearts will be expelled out of them in a most visible way. Blessed are those who will pass this exam.

Hence “let us consider one another, to provoke unto charity and to good works: not forsaking our assembly, as some are accustomed; but comforting one another, and so much the more as you see the day approaching.” (Hebrews 10:24-25)

Fr Stan

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