Posted by: livingscripture | June 25, 2014

Twelfth Wednesday of Ordinary Time

From the Word of the Day

“A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, nor can a rotten tree bear good fruit.”

 (Matthew 7: 18) 

How should we live this Word fig tree 2

It happens often even today.  A tree, attacked by contaminating organisms spread in the air, becomes sick.  It produces a certain amount of fruit, but they are all rotten.  I remember sadly a farmer showing me a fig tree near his house.  He broke off a ripe fig from the branch.  It looked very inviting to eat.  However, inside it was full of moldy seeds.  The farmer sadly said that the tree was sick and he had to cut it down.

This is how it is.  Jesus knows all about it.  When He says, ‘By their fruits you will know them’, it is wisdom truth that illumines life.

It is not the case to judge others but rather to understand.  If the way of thinking, speaking, and acting is exemplary, then I know I can trust that person.  If the opposite is true, then I must not follow their ways.

For example, if people in political, civic, or religious life say many nice words and make lovely promises, but then are liars, adulterers, and greedy for riches and power, I need not give them my esteem or trust.  This type of fruit and others that are ethically improper, lead me to exclude these people from my esteem and trust; however, not from my respect for them as human beings.

I cannot believe them capable of taking on responsibilities toward others and being an example for my human and Christian journey of responsibility.

Today as I pause for silent contemplation, I will ask Our Lord to help me discern those who are worthy of my trust and those who are not, so that I may walk in His Way.  I will pray for all, that they may find the right path to God.

Lord, illumine me.  Give me a wise heart.  Let no one be excluded from my love, but let me never be permissive in my evaluations. 

The voice of F. Faber, Author 

   Goodness consists in going out of oneself and being oriented toward others.  It means putting others in our place and treating them as we want to be treated.

 


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