MY daily reflection and prayer: September 13, 2014
Dear my friends,
Here is the Gospel for us today according to St. Luke 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 thorn bushes, 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.
“Why do you call me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ but not do what I command? I will show you what someone is like who comes to me, listens to 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 the flood came, the river burst against that house but could not shake it because it had been well built. But the one who listens and does not act
is like a person who built a house on the ground without a foundation. When the river burst against it, it collapsed at once and was completely destroyed.”
And this is the Gospel of the Lord. Thanks to You Lord Jesus Christ.
Let’s focus our attention to this word of Jesus, “For every tree is known by its own fruit. For people do not pick figs from thorn bushes, nor do they gather grapes from brambles.”
Jesus sets figs and grapes over against thorns and brambles. In the Bible, the fig tree symbolizes fertility, peace, and prosperity. Grapes, likewise, produces wine, the symbol of joy and happiness.
What does Jesus mean when He said “For every tree is known by its own fruit”? It means a person will produce good or bad fruit depending on what is sown in the heart. Fruit symbolizes our character and whatever good flows from our lives.
Do we produce good fruit in our lives? Good fruit is the result of our relation with Christ, living according to His word. We are living in His word and His grace. By living in Him, we realize that our strength lies not in ourselves but in Jesus, the Lord. He supplies the grace we need to live as His disciples.
By living in Christ and producing good fruit, we then build our lives on the right foundation. The kind of foundation we build our lives upon will determine whether we can survive the storms that are sure to come.
In Perpetual Adoration of the Eucharist, we try to live in Jesus Christ and stay in Him. We then will produce good fruit which marked by faith, hope and love, justice and peace, prudence and fortitude. Let’s cultivate good fruit in our lives and reject whatever produces bad fruit.
Let’s pray: Lord Jesus Christ, You are the true foundation and sure source of life and strength for us. Give us Your wisdom and strength that we can live according to Your truth and reject every false way. May we produce good fruit in our lives, now and forever. Amen.
Girli Kebon Dalem”abdi Dalem palawija”
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