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Luke 6:43-49

The Word of God

‘No good tree bears bad fruit, nor again does a bad tree bear good fruit; for each tree is known by its own fruit. Figs are not gathered from thorns, nor are grapes picked from a bramble bush. The good person out of the good treasure of the heart produces good, and the evil person out of evil treasure produces evil; for it is out of the abundance of the heart that the mouth speaks.

‘Why do you call me “Lord, Lord”, and do not do what I tell you? I will show you what someone is like who comes to me, hears my words, and acts on them. That one is like a man building a house, who dug deeply and laid the foundation on rock; when a flood arose, the river burst against that house but could not shake it, because it had been well built. But the one who hears and does not act is like a man who built a house on the ground without a foundation. When the river burst against it, immediately it fell, and great was the ruin of that house.’

Luke 6:43-49
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    • Pope Francis is encouraging us to be people of discernment, who know how to identify and choose what is best, beyond a black-and-white attitude. Today's reading provides us with a very basic discernment criterion: what fruit does each choice produce? I look at my options and ask myself whether I am happy with their fruit.
    • In our deeply relativistic times, Jesus' words on building our lives on his words sound like a real challenge. I ask to understand what it means in my own life, to see where my life is built on sand and where it is built on solid rock.
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    • If I think of my life as a tree, I can ask how it is nourished and reflect on its vital quality. What ‘water’ do I soak in from the ground around me, what ‘light’ do I bask in, what ‘shade’ or ‘fruit’ do I have for the good of others?
    • Are there teachings of the Lord that I certainly build my life on? Are there teachings that I avoid? Ask the Lord to open my eyes in this regard.
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    • What is ‘the good treasure’ in my heart? Have I any treasure there at all? I need to look inside and search around: then I will find that my treasure is God, who dwells in my heart always. How do I know that God is there? Because Jesus has promised (John 14:23) that he and his Father will come and make his home with those who try to keep his word. As a member of the Sacred Space community, I do try to keep his word.
    • Thomas Merton writes: ‘At the centre of our being is a point of nothingness which is untouched by sin and by illusion; a point or spark which belongs entirely to God. It is the pure glory of God in us’. This is my good treasure!
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    • If I think of my life as a tree, I can ask how it is nourished and reflect on its vital quality. What ‘water’ do I soak in from the ground around me, what ‘light’ do I bask in, what ‘shade’ or ‘fruit’ do I have for the good of others? I take care of any negative conclusions of mine, remembering that judgement belongs to God alone. I ask only that the words of Jesus open me to God’s wisdom and truth.
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    • For Jesus’ audience, fig trees symbolised fertility, peace, and prosperity. Grapes symbolised joy. Brambles and thorns served only as firewood. Fruit, like character, takes time to ripen and mature. Jesus connects soundness of heart with good fruit.
    • Lord, mature discipleship is costly! Christians face many storms today. Without firm foundations I am in danger of being swept away. You search me and you know me, so grant me wisdom and strength to listen to your word and to live according to your truth. You are my sure and only foundation in times of distress and upheaval.
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    • Even the strongest building needs care and repair. I think of the image that Jesus presents and let it speak to me. I work with God to make a worthy dwelling, a refuge, a place from which to set forth.
    • The foundations of a building are often its least recognised feature, usually hidden and seemingly insignificant. My ‘faith foundations’ may not be known to many but are cherished by God to whom I bring them now in prayer, that they may be blessed and strengthened.