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From: Luke 6:43-49

Integrity (Continuation)


(Jesus said to his disciples,) [43] “For no good tree bears bad fruit, nor again
does a bad tree bear good fruit; [44] for each tree is known by its own fruit. For
figs are not gathered from thorns, nor are grapes picked from a bramble bush.
[45] The good man out of the good treasure of his heart produces good, and the
evil man out of his evil treasure produces evil; for out of the abundance of the
heart his mouth speaks.

[46] “Why do you call me ‘Lord, Lord,’ and not do what I tell you? [47] Every one
who comes to me and hears my words and does them, I will show you what he
is like: [48] he is like a man building a house, who dug deep, and laid the foun-
dation upon rock; and when a flood arose, the stream broke against that house,
and could not shake it, because it had been well built. [49] But he who hears and
does not do them is like a man who built a house on the ground without a founda-
tion; against which the stream broke, and immediately it fell, and the ruin of that
house was great.”

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Commentary:

43-44. To distinguish the good tree from the bad tree we need to look at the fruit
the tree produces (deeds) and not at its foliage (words). “For there is no lack of
people here on earth who, on being approached, turn out to be nothing but large,
shiny, glossy leaves. Foliage, just foliage and nothing more. Meanwhile, many
souls are looking at us hoping to satisfy their hunger, which is a hunger for God.
We must not forget that we have all the resources we need. We have sufficient
doctrine and the grace of God, in spite of our wretchedness” (St. J. Escriva,
“Friends of God”, 51).

45. Jesus is giving us two similes—that of the tree which, if it is not good, pro-
duces good fruit, and that of the man, who speaks of those things he has in his
heart. “The treasure of the heart is the same as the root of the tree,” St Bede
explains. “A person who has a treasure of patience and of perfect charity in his
heart yields excellent fruit; he loves his neighbor and has all the other qualities
Jesus teaches; he loves his enemies, does good to him who hates him, bles-
ses him who curses him, prays for him who calumniates him, does not react
against him who attacks him or robs him; he gives to those who ask, does not
claim what they have stolen from him, wishes not to judge and does not con-
demn, corrects patiently and affectionately those who err. But the person who
has in his heart the treasure of evil does exactly the opposite: he hates his
friends, speaks evil of him who loves him and does all the other things con-
demned by the Lord” (”In Lucae Evangelium Expositio”, II, 6).

46. Jesus asks us to act in a way consistent with being Christians and not to
make any separation between the faith we profess and the way we live: “What
matters is not whether or not we wear a religious habit; it is whether we try to
practice the virtues and surrender our will to God and order our lives as His Ma-
jesty ordains, and not want to do our will but his” (St Teresa of Avila, “Interior
Castle”, II, 6).

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Source: “The Navarre Bible: Text and Commentaries”. Biblical text from the
Revised Standard Version and New Vulgate. Commentaries by members of
the Faculty of Theology, University of Navarre, Spain.

Published by Four Courts Press, Kill Lane, Blackrock, Co. Dublin, Ireland, and
by Scepter Publishers in the United States.


4 posted on 09/09/2011 11:49:35 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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Scripture readings taken from the Jerusalem Bible, published and copyright © 1966, 1967 and 1968 by Darton, Longman & Todd

Mass Readings


First reading 1 Timothy 1:15-17 ©
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 greatest evidence of his inexhaustible patience for all the other people who would later have to trust in him to come to eternal life. To the eternal King, the undying, invisible and only God, be honour and glory for ever and ever. Amen.

Psalm Psalm 112:1-7

Gospel Luke 6:43-49 ©
Jesus said to his disciples:
  ‘There is no sound tree that produces rotten fruit, nor again a rotten tree that produces sound fruit. For every tree can be told by its own fruit: people do not pick figs from thorns, nor gather grapes from brambles. A good man draws what is good from the store of goodness in his heart; a bad man draws what is bad from the store of badness. For a man’s words flow out of what fills his heart.
  ‘Why do you call me, “Lord, Lord” and not do what I say?
  ‘Everyone who comes to me and listens to my words and acts on them – I will show you what he is like. He is like the man who when he built his house dug, and dug deep, and laid the foundations on rock; when the river was in flood it bore down on that house but could not shake it, it was so well built. But the one who listens and does nothing is like the man who built his house on soil, with no foundations: as soon as the river bore down on it, it collapsed; and what a ruin that house became!’

5 posted on 09/09/2011 11:54:17 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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