June 22, 2020 | None of Us is Perfect

Leader: Lord, in your great love answer me.

Psalm 136
Reader 1: Who alone does great wonders, for his mercy endures forever;
Reader 2: Who made the heavens in wisdom, for his mercy endures forever;
Reader 3: Who spread out the earth upon the waters, for his mercy endures forever.

Reading – Matthew 7:1-5
Reader 3: Jesus said to his disciples: “Stop judging, that you will not be judged. For as you judge, so will you be judged, and the measure with which you measure will be
measured out to you. Why you do notice the splinter in your brother’s eye, but do
not perceive the wooden beam in your own eye? How can you say to your
brother, ‘Let me remove that splinter from your eye,’ while the wooden beam is in
your eye? You hypocrite, remove the wooden beam from your eye first; then you
will see clearly to remove the splinter from your brother’s eye.”

Reflection
Leader: Jesus’ teaching in today’s reading has found its way into our popular discourse.
It’s about judging others without first recognizing our own failings. The image of
the splinter and the wooden beam is pretty graphic, and like many of Jesus’
sayings, it doesn’t need much explanation. When we judge another person’s
behavior we place ourselves in a precarious position. None of us is perfect, and
Jesus tells us to make sure our own behavior is virtuous before we presume to
judge another. Even then we should refrain from judgement, and instead offer to
help the person change for the better.

Intentional Prayer
Leader: In your merciful presence, O Lord, we pray.
All: Merciful God, hear our prayer.
Reader 1: For children who are victims of violence on our streets, we pray to the Lord:
All: Merciful God, hear our prayer.
Reader 2: For those who have been bullied in their school or in their workplace, we pray to
the Lord:
All: Merciful God, hear our prayer.
Reader 3: For CommonSpirit Health to continue to build healthy communities, we pray to the Lord:
All: Merciful God, hear our prayer.
All: Personal Petitions:

The Lord’s Prayer
Reader 3: Our Father, …

Closing Prayer
Reader 4: Merciful God, you are full of love and compassion, we turn to you in our times of distress seeking comfort and peace. Give us the courage to change our hearts so
that we can live more fully in communion with each other and with the Lord
Jesus, who lives and reigns with you, in unity with the Holy Spirit, one God, for
ever and ever. Amen

Leader: Lord, in your great love answer me.

Peace be with you all and have a wonderful week!