Even the best of us sometimes judge others more harshly than we judge ourselves. It’s just human nature that we tend to gloss over our faults and magnify those of others. In today’s gospel passage from Mark, Jesus warns us against this type of delusional hypocrisy. He reminds us that no matter how hard we try, nothing can be hidden from his light.
Jesus said to his disciples,
“Is a lamp brought in to be placed under a bushel basket
or under a bed,
and not to be placed on a lampstand?
For there is nothing hidden except to be made visible;
nothing is secret except to come to light.
Anyone who has ears to hear ought to hear.”
He also told them, “Take care what you hear.
The measure with which you measure will be measured out to you,
and still more will be given to you.
To the one who has, more will be given;
from the one who has not, even what he has will be taken away.”
Jesus wants us to understand that his light illuminates both our virtues and our faults. It is his desire that we not judge each other as only God is a fully righteous judge. We cannot hide from the light of his righteousness. Why then do we expend so much energy exacting upon each other the measure with which we measure?
The Lord knows our heart. Nothing is secret.