Lk 6:39-42 -- Judging Others - Tiġġudikawx
Lq:6:39] Qalilhom parabbola: "Jista' agħma jmexxi agħma ieħor? Mhux it-tnejn jaqgħu fil-ħofra? Lq:6:40] Id-dixxiplu m'huwiex aqwa mill-imgħallem tiegħu; imma kull min itemm it-taħriġ tiegħu jsir bħall-imgħallem tiegħu. [Lq:6:41] Għax tara t-tibna f'għajn ħuk, u ma tarax it-travu li għandek f'għajnek int? [Lq:6:42] Kif tista' tgħidlu lil ħuk, 'Ħi, ejja nneħħilek it-tibna li għandek f'għajnek', meta m'intix tara t-travu li għandek f'għajnek int? Ja wiċċ b'ieħor, neħħi l-ewwel it-travu minn għajnek int, ħalli mbagħad tara sewwa kif tneħħi t-tibna minn għajn ħuk.
Filippu Neri u t Tigiega - Philip Neri and the Chicken
Adaptation of the story of the most unusual penance St. Philip Neri assigned to a woman for her sin of spreading gossip. The sixteenth-century saint instructed her to take a feather pillow to the top of the church bell tower, rip it open, and let the wind blow all the feathers away. This probably was not the kind of penance this woman, or any of us, would have been used to!
But the penance didn't end there. Philip Neri gave her a second and more difficult task. He told her to come down from the bell tower and collect all the feathers that had been scattered throughout the town. The poor lady, of course, could not do it-and that was the point Philip Neri was trying to make in order to underscore the destructive nature of gossip. When we detract from others in our speech, our malicious words are scattered around and cannot be gathered back. They continue to dishonour and divide for many days, months, and years after we had spoken them, as they linger in people's minds and pass from one tale-bearer to the next.