The gospel reading for today warns us that we should not seek to help someone else with a fault we perceive in them before we first look at the faults we have of our own and deal with them. For some reason, it's actually harder to see the log in our own eye than the spec in our brother's or sister's. Paul warns us that we should examine ourselves before coming to this table and ask forgiveness for those things that prevent us from fully living out God's grace.
Let us pause now and do so...
Now, let us pray.
God who loves us with all our faults, we pray that you would reveal them to us and help us, with the power of your Spirit to remove them from blocking our sight. We thank you for sending Jesus to us, to show us the way to see the world around us and especially to see others. We thank you that he was willing to give even his life to show us the depth of your love for us. As we take these symbols of that sacrifice, this bread and cup, we pray that you would help us to see our sisters and brothers the way you do and to extend the love you've given us to them.
We pray in the name of your son. Amen.