FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD
Wednesday 22 June 2022 12th Week of Ordinary Time
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 thornbushes, 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.” (Matthew 7: 15-20)
How shall I live this Word?
Jesus has always distanced Himself from an attitude that is widespread in every form of religiosity: the risk of being tied to the exterior, of making the adventure of discipleship a job, the passion of conversion and new life into an image. The solution that Jesus proposes to the disciples is to look at the fruits, a simple way to be able to measure our faith and our pastoral care. We might therefore ask ourselves what has changed in our lives over the years by recognizing the transformation that the Word of Jesus brings about if we allow it. Really great people can be seen from small gestures. The yardstick of our lives, of our family or community, is not efficiency but love, not profit (not even spiritual) but the joy that comes from knowing that we are loved. This alone allows us to be far from worldly logic, to convert our hearts to His tenderness and mercy.
Help us understand, Lord, the value of words and gestures that always and in any case follow the criterion of love for You, for ourselves, for our neighbor, in everyday life.
The Voice of Albert Einstein, Scientist
The value of a person resides in what they are able to give and not in what they are able to take.
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