A reading from the holy Gospel according to Lk 6:39-45
Jesus told his disciples a parable,
“Can a blind person guide a blind person?
Will not both fall into a pit?
No disciple is superior to the teacher;
but when fully trained,
every disciple will be like his teacher.
Why do you notice the splinter in your brother’s eye,
but do not perceive the wooden beam in your own?
How can you say to your brother,
‘Brother, let me remove that splinter in your eye,’
when you do not even notice the wooden beam in your own eye?
You hypocrite! Remove the wooden beam from your eye first;
then you will see clearly
to remove the splinter in your brother’s eye.
“A good tree does not bear rotten fruit,
nor does a rotten tree bear good fruit.
For every tree is known by its own fruit.
For people do not pick figs from thornbushes,
nor do they gather grapes from brambles.
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.”
"From the fullness of the heart the mouth speaks"
We have no control over our genetic makeup. Our families work on our character and morals and the fruits of their hard work are seen in our thoughts, speech and way of acting.
We have personal and ultimate control with how we live our lives and who we want to be.
When put to the test we will know what and who we are. Do we lie when we are caught in a jam? Do we resent correction? Pout or harbor ill will and take away our God given gifts meant to share with all if we don’t get our way?
Do we try to be the center of activity? Do we thank God enough times thru the day?
Can people see Jesus in us?
When aware of our sins and faults but steadfast and firm to the Word of God, then we can, because of Jesus, be victorious over the sting of death.
Prayer, Breathe in Jesus, works of mercy, daily Mass, daily adoration, daily rosary and Divine Mercy Chaplet are some ways to nourish and grow character and morals. Self examination of every encounter throughout the day will help store goodness in our hearts “for from the fullness of the heart the mouth speaks”.
"Lord, it is good to give thanks to you." (Psalm 92)