v 4. How can you think of saying to your friend ‘Let me help you get rid of that speck in your eye,’ when you can’t see past the log in your own eye?
So here we are, back with the reality of encountering injustice in our daily lives. Our initial reaction when we see it in other people can so easily be ‘That’s so unfair, unjust, and you must turn your life around!’ The easy way out is to be critical, judgemental, and thus unhelpful.
In our Monday reading I invited you to look out for injustice and then think what you might do about it. Let’s finish the week on a more healthy note. It is not the injustice in the lives of those around us that matters, it is learning to be sensitive to the little injustices that creep into our own lives.
Have you noticed the trend to put up notices inviting people to be kind to others? There’s one at the Shoreham Tip (Abusive behaviour to staff is unacceptable.) and there is one in the Coop (Be kind to our staff.) and there is one in Worthing Hospital A&E, and there is one in the Steyning Doctor’s Surgery … and you will see more if you keep your eyes open. Unkind, abusive, unjust behaviour has been on the increase. Our positive response should be exactly the opposite, showing and expressing gratitude to those who serve us. Justice will prevail when we learn and practise gratitude, So keep your eyes open for opportunities to bless other people, and hold in check any harsh or unkind criticism that might spring from our own minds. Counter the world’s injustice with grace and kindness.