Today’s Thoughts: In today’s Gospel, Jesus speaks in little proverbs or self-answering questions. Can some who is blind guide another blind person? A good tree produces good fruit, but not a bad one. It is difficult to see the good things or faults of another, when your own eye has a wooden beam in it. The goodness that is inside a person will be revealed as coming from a store house of goodness. Deeds and actions flow easily from the goodness within. “For every tree is known by its own fruit.” (Luke 6:44)
These sayings seem to tell us to watch our tongues and so we should, but there is more upon which to reflect today. Jesus wants us to be aware of where we are ground. Whom or what is the focus of our life. Where or to whom to we go to? For Jesus words do reveal the heart and mind, but even more so do gestures and actions. What we do gives validation to our words.
We do not always mean what we say, and at times we have the verbal power to reverse the injury caused by our words by uttering what we truly mean. It is often more difficult not to undo our actions. Watch a person’s actions and you will know a lot about them. Watch our own actions and we will come to know if our words match our actions. What Jesus is asking of His disciples and us, is to begin watching how much Jesus, lives not only his words but also his actions. What we hear a person say and what we see them do if often the measure of who they really are and who and what is important in their life.
The challenge for all of us is to stay faithful to God as we slowly filling up our store house with the goodness and presence of God so that we can share God’s good gifts with all whom we meet. Real holiness comes, when our words and actions reflect the presence of God with in us. The challenge is not perfection, but patient perseverance, pray and trust in God.
Have a blessed Sunday everyone and don’t forget to give God a little time today!
Fr. Paul R. Fagan, C.P. "Preacher on the Run"
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