Twenty-Third Week in Ordinary Time

Proclaiming blessed hope for people discouraged, hungry, or distraught, the Lord wants people to build upon His words through their actions. Scribes and Pharisees stayed continually on the lookout for what Jesus would do. For instance, when a man with a withered hand appeared in the synagogue, would the Lord cure him on the Sabbath? No one answered when Jesus asked if the law forbade doing something good that day, and our Lord readily worked the miracle. Before choosing the Twelve, Jesus spent a night in prayer. In a parable, He compared a splinter and a plank as a way to caution people against nitpicking others while ignoring much larger faults in themselves. Others see us. We see ourselves. God sees us. How do those perspectives compare?