12th Sep 2015 – Every tree can be told by its own fruit

Christian Faith and Discipleship measured by the fruits of one’s life

Luke 6:43 – 45 “’There is no sound tree that produces rotten fruit, nor again a rotten tree that produces sound fruit. Every tree can be told by its own fruit: people do not pick figs from thorns, nor gather grapes from brambles. Good people draw what is good from the store of goodness in their hearts; bad people draw what is bad from the store of badness. For the words of the mouth flow out of what fills the heart.”

Our Lord Jesus Christ often uses parables to tell us about the kingdom of God His Father and our Heavenly Father. He also uses parables to help us better understand what it means to be His disciples, friends, brethren and the children of God His Father. In this passage from St. Luke’s Gospel, the sound trees and rotten trees symbolise the state of our hearts; while the kinds of fruit produced symbolise our words and actions. We know that as Christians, we all have struggles with our Faith, being people who have experienced God’s love and are called to love everyone in turn, which is why if we take stock of our lives we will see that in certain areas we bear good and sound fruits, while in other areas we bear either rotten and bad fruits or are fruitless and barren. However. we need not despair because the Lord has given us His love and forgiveness to constantly strive to improve, to be better people if we cooperate with the Holy Spirit who constantly reminds us of the grace and mercy of God the Father through the love revealed to us in Christ Jesus His Son. Jesus Christ our Lord came to save sinners as we are reminded by St. Paul the Apostle who encourages and reminds his friend the young Timothy in

1 Timothy 1:15 – 16 “Here is a saying that you can rely on and nobody should doubt: that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners. I myself am the greatest of them; and if mercy has been shown to me, it is because Jesus Christ meant to make me the leading example of his inexhaustible patience for all the other people who were later to trust in him for eternal life.”

Jesus Christ our Lord will save us and purify us, for God’s salvation is in Him and His Church, for Jesus Christ is the only way to God the Father, as we recall the following verse taken from the Gospel of St. John the Apostle and beloved disciple of the Lord,

John 14:6 “Jesus said: I am the Way; I am Truth and Life. No one can come to the Father except through me.”

Therefore, we should continue to trust in the Lord Jesus Christ who is our Shepherd, Friend, Brother, Messiah, Lord, King, and Salvation. Let us praise the Lord as the Psalmist prays in

Psalm 112 (113):1 – 3 “Alleluia! Praise, servants of Yahweh, praise the name of Yahweh. Blessed be the name of Yahweh, henceforth and for ever. From the rising of the sun to its setting, praised be the name of Yahweh!”

Give thanks to the Lord for His generosity to us who are not worthy to be His servants, yet He calls us to be His disciples and His children. Being mindful of God’s love and mercy, we strive to live our lives as His faithful disciples and children, being devoted in prayer and reading the Bible, frequenting the Sacraments especially Mass and Reconciliation, being involved in ministries and communities, and offering to God all areas of our lives at the workplace/school/home and at leisure. Let us praise the Lord, and thanks be to God!