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2 Samuel 12:5-7 Then David’s anger was greatly kindled against the man. He said to Nathan, “As the LORD lives, the man who has done this deserves to die; he shall restore the lamb fourfold, because he did this thing, and because he had no pity.” Nathan said to David, “You are the man!”
Have you ever been angry at someone for some wrong, only to realize that you have done the exact same thing? I know I have.
We all have blind spots about ourselves and about reality. We only see in part. That is why being a humble, lifelong student of Christ is so important. And we can’t travel this journey alone. Community is crucial. In community we learn more about ourselves (and God) as we pay attention to the voices and other perspectives in our lives. When we judge without pity or compassion, we see our errors reflected in the faces of others. In these instances, we have friends and family who will pick us up—despite our lack of compassion—and love us back into right relationship.
Today the Church remembers John Mason Neale, Priest, 1866.