Friday, April 08, 2011

Hoskyns: the beam in our eye

Friday, April 8, 2011
    Commemoration of William Augustus Muhlenberg of New York, Priest, 1877
    [Jesus:] “Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye? How can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when all the time there is a plank in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye.”
    —Matthew 7:3-5 (NIV)
    If we are to rid ourselves of pseudo-religion and of an irreligion that is equally spurious, it must be done with the sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God. Our Lord bids His disciples pull out first the beam that is in their own eyes. Only then shall we be able to see clearly the tiny splinters which have gotten into the eyes of the poor whom we are called to serve.
    ... Sir Edwyn C. Hoskyns (1884-1937), We are the Pharisees, London: SPCK, 1960, p. 8 (see the book)
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, remove my hypocrisy.
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