Here is part of today’s Gospel, from St Luke: ‘Why do you see the speck that is in your brother’s eye, but do not notice the log that is in your own eye? Or how can you say to your brother, “Brother, let me take out the speck that is in your eye,” when you yourself do not see the log that is in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take out the speck that is in your brother’s eye’.

St Cyril of Alexandria commented: ‘Everything, therefore, that is to our benefit, Christ teaches us, and requires His disciples to be on their guard against deceit, and vigilant and careful. For this reason He shews them the straight way, and discloses the snares that lead down to wickedness, that thus escaping from offences, and being steadfast in mind beyond risk of sin, they may quickly reach the mansions that are above by Christ’s blessing’.

So we are exhorted to be on our guard, and vigilant, and careful; watchful over our own hearts, so that we remain humble in the face of our own failings. Our Lord promises us mercy, and will always fulfil what He has promised. So we may take courage! May God bless you this day in all you undertake for Him.