Speaking Out with Actions

posted Jan 6, 2012, 11:00 AM by St. Joseph Cheyenne   [ updated Jan 6, 2012, 11:03 AM ]
Luke 6:41-42 tells us to take the log out of your own eye first before you try to take the speck out of 
anyone’s else's eye. It would have been easy for Teresa of Calcutta and Francis of Assisi to stand on some street corner and say, “Look at what you people are doing! This is sinful! This sinful behavior needs to stop! What are you people going to do about it?” But they didn’t do that. They rebuked the sinful behavior around them by their lives. They fed the hungry and they clothed the naked and lived the Gospel in their daily lives, and then when they “spoke out” their words had weight to them. No one dared to say to them, “Take the log out of your own eye first before you try to take the speck out of anyone else’s eye.” Their example proved that they had every right to speak out, and it would have been absurd of anyone to say otherwise. We are all sinners, and we all need repentance. However if we all worked on our spiritual lives, and then “spoke out” against evil, the world would be a better place by our words and deeds. It is easy to criticize people with words, but try speaking out with actions. We answer others by our actions in living a good and spiritual life. In short by not having any logs in our eyes. When we compassionately tell others the truth, and they refuse to hear us, then we must pray for them in a special way. It will be proven by God, either in this world or the next, that they are the ones with the logs in their eyes, not us.