Hubris and Hypocrisy


Friday, August 3, 2018

washing of eyeWhy do you see the speck in an other person’s eye, but do not notice the log in your own eye?  Or how can you say to another person, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ while the log is in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take the speck out of an other person’s eye. – Matthew 7:3-5


A teaching of Christ so needed in our time and circumstance because it seems to have been near forgotten.  Too much time is spent judging and far too little time, confessing.

Christ emphasized two aspects of our human frailty, the matter of hubris and the matter of hypocrisy.  We are vulnerable, too many times almost helpless, to the temptation of boastful pride and the temptation to hide our reality beneath projected persona.  We easily think we are the righteous cause when in truth we ourselves are also the righteous concern.  We can easily identify the sins of others, yet are near-blinded to our own sins.  We become captured by pride and become encased within hypocrisy.

Christ’s voice seems mixed with both tears and anger when He confronts the hypocrisy of the self-declared holy ones.  He sounds frustrated and concerned.  “You are so intent of pointing out the sins, the lacking, the failures of other people that you are not able to recognize the sins, the lacking, the failures in yourselves.  You lack the humility required to live the life of authentic holiness.”  The holy life of person is made near impossible without the practice of honest humility.

Yes, we are a culture corrupted these matters of human hubris and hollow hypocrisy.

Always in Christ’s Service,

Fr. Charitas de la Cruz

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