A reading from the gospel according to Luke 6:43-49
Jesus said to his disciples:
43 “A good tree does not bear rotten fruit, nor does a rotten tree bear good fruit.
44 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.
45 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.
46 “Why do you call me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ but not do what I command?
47 I will show you what someone is like who comes to me, listens to my words, and acts on them.
48 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.
49 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.”
Reflection: Solid foundation, fullness of heart, good fruit
Good News: The life someone who listens to Jesus and acts on His words could not be shaken.
One does not need to be a carpenter to know how important the foundation of a building or a house is. If the ground on which it is built upon is flimsy, the building or house will easily collapse when a natural calamity strikes. The same is true not only with our spiritual life but with our earthly life as well. We need a solid anchor such as principles and relationship.
Where does your life anchored on? Jesus tells us to let the foundation of our life rest on rock. God is our rock, in whom we take refuge (Psalm 18:2). No matter what storm will come into our life, we can be sure we will not be shaken. It is therefore necessary that we have a strong faith in Him. Yet, faith is not just shouting “Praise the Lord”. It consists of following all of His commandments because His word is our daily bread.
When we fill our heart with words of Jesus, they will come out not just in our mouth and more importantly in our behavior. Hence, what is in our heart will eventually show in our life. From the fullness of our heart come love, kindness, forgiveness, and joy because these are the values spoken by Jesus.
The values of faith, hope, love, joy and peace are the fruits of our relationship with God from which we anchor our life. On the other hand, when we anchor our life with something else, we will get nothing but rotten fruits. Therefore, it is a good habit to always check out which of our behavior brings out the desired “fruit”. If the fruit is good, it must have come from God.
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