Wolves of our Own
The other night, I had a dream that spoke to me on so many levels. I dreamt that my neighbours had a backyard full of dogs. As you can imagine, It was always noisy; the dogs were always snapping at one another. The owners had no control over their animals. Much of this dream I spent up in a tree, focusing more on the neighbours’ dogs than my own problem. You see, while all of this was happening next door, there was a black wolf in my own backyard. It would constantly snarl at me and try to get me down from the tree. It would hide away and wait for me to come down, lurk in the shadows, and then strike at me when I wasn’t paying attention. Yet, although I was unable to get home, for some strange reason, I kept looking back to the neighbours’ dogs and worrying about them.
Christ says: ‘Do not judge, so that you may not be judged. For with the judgement you make you will be judged, and the measure you give will be the measure you get. Why do you see the speck in your neighbour’s eye, but do not notice the log in your own eye? Or how can you say to your neighbour, “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 your neighbour’s eye.” ( Matthew 7:1-5).
I feel my dream echoes this parable. I saw how quickly I judge others when I have problems of my own. I came to realize how often I may think to myself, “Wow… that person has a lot of problems. Thank goodness I’m not like that person.” . This is the sin of pride. We must always acknowledge ourselves as sinners who need Christ. As a person who loves Christ, we must always be charitable, so that people may come to see God’s love in us, and be led to want to know that love too. When dealing with others, we must first always remember our own sinfulness and our need for God’s mercy and healing in our lives. We all need Divine Mercy. People need to know they are loved more than be preached at, though sometimes, this means to lovingly call someone away from something that will hurt them. We must always seek to help one another, so that we can become the people we are meant to be. We must pray constantly for mercy for ourselves and seek it through the Sacraments. If we don’t even make an attempt to ask for mercy for ourselves, how will we be able to show Christ’s mercy to others? We must also pray in humility for the gift of charity, because without charity, our works are worthless.
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