Every tree is known by its own fruit

Published September 11, 2021, 12:05 AM

by Manila Bulletin


Reflections today

A person’s foundation is very important. The type of family and environment one grows in determines a lot what type of person he/she becomes. Most, if not all, criminals are products of violent and hostile families or environments, both physical and psychological. On the other hand, those who come from “good trees” will most likely become “good fruits,” too. Those who come from caring families and healthy environments will most likely grow into loving and responsible people. Unfortunately, though, we cannot choose the families we are born into; and we would be lucky if they were loving, supportive, life-giving roots. Hence, the primary importance of a marriage well prepared for: love and acceptance of the man and woman, prospect of livelihood, parties anchored on love of God and of neighbor. Otherwise, as we now see, many children suffer and are destroyed — not to mention the parents themselves. Anchoring one’s family, one’s life, on the rock who is Jesus, guarantees a life that can withstand even the fiercest of storms. Where is your life anchored on now?

GOSPEL • LUKE 6:43-49

Jesus said to his disciples: “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.

“Why do you call me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ but not do what I command? I will show you what someone is like who comes to me, listens to my words, and acts on them. That one is like a person 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. 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.”

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