Posted by: livingscripture | June 22, 2011

Twelfth Wednesday of Ordinary Time

From the Word of the Day 

Do people pick grapes from thorn bushes, or figs from thistles?  Just so, every good tree bears good fruit, and a rotten tree bears bad fruit.

                         Matthew 7: 16-17                                                               

How should we live this Word 

In this Gospel we can breathe the simple and genuine atmosphere of a place where one lives in contact with nature! Jesus must have lived this fully!  Grapes, thorns, figs, thistles are all creatures that live under Jesus’ attentive gaze.  He sees the mature grapes on the vine, the thorns that pierce the leaves of some plants.  There is no equivocation here.  If there are thorns, we do not expect to see grapes.  If we see thistles, we do not expect to find sweet figs.  

The metaphor is apt.  We recognize a person’s true being from what fructifies in daily life.  The fruit is the works, the actions and not words and plans.  If we are following Christ, then we are called to bring forth the fruit of a human-Christian life, the fruit of the Holy Spirit: love, peace, joy, self control, benevolence, meekness, and patience.  These are the very support of healthy and joyful relationships with ourselves, with God, with those with whom we live, with every creature.                                                   

Today in my pause for silent contemplation, I will reflect on the fruit I bear in my daily life. 

The tree of the authentic Christian that I want to be is known in this way.  Lord, please help me burn away all my thistles of presumption, arrogance, appearance.  Sow Your Word in me and help me assimilate it so that it may bear fruit and edify others.

The voice of Saint Bernard, Doctor of the Church

Faith, even though upright, is not enough to make a saint, an honest person, if there are no good works done in love.

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