A couple months ago I was cooking some chili for dinner. I’m not the best cook and I’ll admit, chopping onions was difficult, but cooking with instructions is pretty simple. About 15 minutes into preparing the chili I started getting this uncomfortable feeling in my right eye. 

I didn’t think much of it, but if any of you wear contacts you know that even the slightest adjustment or piece of dust can randomly cause you discomfort. I did what any normal person would do, take my contact out and put my glasses on assuming it would get better. Wrong.   

I kept going and felt like sleeping it off would be the right decision, but I woke up the next morning in a ridiculous amount of pain. Knowing that it wasn’t going to go away on its own, I went to the Doctor. Turns out, I did have something wrong with my eye.  

The Doctor gave me some drops to get it back to normal but told me I’d be in pain, be sensitive to light, and couldn’t wear contacts for around a week. 

I’m not usually the person that takes something that happens in my life and relates it to scripture, but I couldn’t help but directly relate this one. I instantly thought of Luke 6:41.  

Luke 6:41 says “Why do you notice the splinter in your brother’s eye, but do not perceive the wooden beam in your own?” 

I oftentimes will see my friends sinning and think “I’m better than them,” noticing the splinter in their eye. But, at the exact same moment, I’ve got this huge beam sticking out of mine. 

Then, the icing on the cake is the pain that this beam causes. If the little spec in my eye hurt as bad as it did, what’s a beam feel like? I don’t only mean that in the physical sense, but also in the spiritual. If the small spec is a small sin, how much does the beam truly separate us from our Lord? 

Our beams are destructive to our life, it hurts us both physically and emotionally. But as we all know we have that beautiful Sacrament of Reconciliation. So I ask you, what’s the beam that you need to work on removing? Advent starts in just under a month, but it’s never too early to start recognizing when that beam needs to be pulled out.

This blog was written by Joseph Barringhaus, Youth Events Coordinator and Digital Media & Communications Assistant here at St. Francis of Assisi. If you’re interested in writing a blog for St. Francis of Assisi, please contact Joseph at [email protected].