FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD
23 JUNE 2021 Wednesday 12
WORD of the DAY
Jesus said to his disciples:
“Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but underneath are ravenous wolves. By their fruits you will know them. Do people pick grapes from thorn bushes, or figs from thistles? Just so, every good tree bears good fruit, and a rotten tree bears bad fruit. A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, nor can a rotten tree bear good fruit. Every tree that does not bear good fruit will be cut down and thrown into the fire. So by their fruits you will know them.” (Mt 7: 15-20)
How shall I live this Word?
The Teacher, as a good Semite, son of a culture that speaks with images, in today’s Gospel passage, uses three metaphors: the door, the way, and the tree. Three elements that recall the journey of our life. Any door that is not the love of the Father and of others leads to perdition. The good way is Jesus Christ Himself who said, “I am the way!” By following this path we can become good trees that bear fruit in every season. Our existence can be like a plant that rises from the earth to the sky and is filled with strength to face the cold of winter or the heat of summer. But the good tree par excellence is the tree of the Cross which gives rise to all our resurrections after death due to the difficulties and anxieties of life.
Today, let’s allow ourselves some time for prayer and reflection on our daily life and ask ourselves, “What wood am I made of? What is the nature of my tree? What are the fruits that the Spirit can help me produce in myself?
The Voice of a Biblist
The good tree par excellence is the tree of the cross, from which hangs the ripe fruit of God’s love. Grafted onto Him, we too make the same good and abundant fruit. “I am the true vine and my Father is the winemaker. Every branch that does not bear fruit in Me, He removes, and every branch that bears fruit, He prunes so that it bears more fruit. You are already clean because of the word I have proclaimed to you. Remain in me and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit by itself if it does not remain on the vine, neither can you, if you do not remain in me. I am the vine, you are the branches. Whoever remains in me and I in them bears much fruit.
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