Jesus is a wise teacher. In today’s Gospel, he teaches his disciples in three parables. Each contains an important lesson: the blind cannot lead the blind; take the plank out of your own eye before trying to take the splinter out of someone else’s; you can recognise a good tree by the fruit that it bears. It seems like common sense.
But the teaching of Jesus goes beyond human wisdom or common sense. Last week we heard him call his disciples to love their enemies, and to forgive those who harm them. To be a disciple of Christ is to live in a radically different way. In fact, Jesus calls his disciples to become like him; ‘The fully trained disciple will always be like the teacher.’
Are we ready to become like Christ? He tells us that we are ‘blind,’ until we open our eyes and see the world as he does. He calls on us to look hard at ourselves, to see the ‘plank’ in our own eye, and not be distracted by the faults of others. Jesus wants us to bear good fruits for him; fruits of love of God and care for our neighbour. We can only be fruitful if we are rooted in Christ, listening to his teaching, praying and sharing in the life of the Church. This is a wisdom that can change our lives, and change the world.