Saturday, September 10, 2011
Gospel Lk 6:43-49
Jesus said to his disciples:
"A good tree does not bear rotten fruit,
nor does a rotten tree bear good fruit.
For every tree is known by its own fruit.
For people do not pick figs from thornbushes,
nor do they gather grapes from brambles.
A good person out of the store of goodness in his heart produces good,
but an evil person out of a store of evil produces evil;
for from the fullness of the heart the mouth speaks.
Today's readings are very good and suitable for Sunday readings, in my opinion, being clear and inspiring. In Jesus' day, as well as today, it was important to make a distinction between good and evil emanating from our brethren, and to know why. This enables us to use our influence to hopefully fight the evil when possible. Leading by example is always called for. The sinners, myself included, are the children of God that Jesus came to save. Surely a Christian would not fail to try to win their hearts, as impossible a task as it may be.
The good person, who is identified as the good tree, bearing good fruit, is a joy to behold. They are our leaders, our hope and Godly examples. Thank you Lord for these brothers and sisters in Christ that you have given us. May I gain strength from their example and in turn give witness to your teachings so that others can follow in your path.