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The Message m for Catholics of Southwestern Indiana 9 "" Commentary __ The sermon on the plain continues: A collection of sayings of Jesus GOsPel commentary for Feb. teachers of Christianity must first Y. 26, 1995, Eighth Sunday, ;. Time, Cycle C, Luke themselves be educated in what they are entrusted by the commu- sense those who pretend to be what they are not. As Luke's version of Jesus' on the Plain continues, he that to sayings of in Matthew. They slightest similarity in Mark. In such we COnclude that Luke and Using the same We call that source the German word "Quelle," ]?his hypothetical gospel has not as an independent document but exists, know, only in Matthew and used this source and the Gospel of own books. "Q" is thought to mostly a collection of sayings attributed a parable. It is directed to in the Christian commu- the blind lead the blind? Will they not pit?" The answer is obvious, but speaking about in the Christian community. He adds: "A above his teacher, but everyone fully his/her teacher." The first inten- sayings is a warning from Luke that BN FATHER DILGER COLUMNIST nity to teach. That.warning is as important today as Luke consid- ered it to be in his time. On a prac- tical level in our own time -- peo- ple who give religious instruction to others should be chosen both for their knowledge and their practice of Christianity. There must have been prob- lems of destructive and unwar- ranted criticism in Luke's church, perhaps criticism of elders of the church or even criticism of mem- bers of the church by the elders. No one escapes Luke's scathing comment: "Why do you see the speck in your brother's eye, but do not notice the log that is in your own eye? Or how can you say to another, 'Brother, let me take out the speck in your eye,' when you yourself do not see the log in your own eye? You hypocrite...." The word "hyp- ocrite" does not come to Luke near as easily as it does to Matthew who uses it consistently for those he considers his enemies. Thus Luke must have been particularly steamed about Christians criti- cizing each ether. A note on the origin of the word "hypocrite" is in order. The term has an honorable origin in Greek theater. It was used to designate inter- preters, orators, actors, who spoke for or repre- sented a person other than themselves. From such usage "hypocrite" came to mean in a very negative Here in Luke the word designates Christians who criticize others without realizing that they are just as bad or worse. Luke does not forbid us to make moral judgments about human conduct. Instead we are told to apply those judgments to ourselves first. How helpful it would be if people who criticize would learn to preface their criticism with a statement rec- ognizing their own weaknesses. Luke calls for hon- est self-evaluation, especially in those who consider themselves authorized to judge and criticize. The final collection of sayings in today's gospel reading seems to be a commentary on the speck, the log, and hypocrisy discussed above. How can one de- termine who is a person of integrity or who is full of pretense or hypocrisy? By their actions. "No good tree bears bad fruit, nor again does a bad tree bear good fruit. Each tree is known by its own fruit. Figs do not come from .thorny vines,nor do grapes come from brambles." Genuine people are known by the good they produce in their public and private life. To return to Luke's original theme of this section: it is from such genuine people that teachers, from kindergarten to bishop must be chosen. Otherwise, the visually handicapped will be leading the visually handicapped. Readings: Sirach 27:4-7; I Cor 15:54.58. Subscriptions, renewals, being accepted I'== "I(I!"IVOGLER'S ! 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