A new priest came to a small town to pastor a parish. Conscientiously over a period of time, he visited families, getting to know his parish, but when it came time for them to attend mass, the church was always nearly empty. After trying in vain to boost attendance, the priest placed a notice in the town newspaper, declaring that the church had died, and there would be a funeral on Saturday. Saturday came and the church was packed. After the funeral mass, , complete with coffin, the young pastor gave a short eulogy, then invited the people to view the dead. As people came up to the coffin to view, they stared at themselves in a mirror.
Today’s gospel http://www.usccb.org/nab/091109.shtml tells us to examine ourselves first before we begin judging or criticizing others. We all could use a bit of improvement, sometimes much more than a bit.
In the first reading Paul tells Timothy “I am grateful to him who has strengthened me, Christ Jesus our Lord, because he considered me trustworthy in appointing me to the ministry. I was once a blasphemer and a persecutor and an arrogant man,
but I have been mercifully treated because I acted out of ignorance in my unbelief.” In saying this, he has clearly examined his former self, and in knowing himself, he is capable of telling others how they should be acting.