September 16, 2017
(Saints Cornelius, Pope, and Cyprian, Bishop, Martyrs)
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. Lk_6:43-49
And yet, we have to be very careful in how we interpret this saying. It doesn’t mean that a person cannot be changed! It just means that the fruit resembles its’ tree. It doesn’t mean a good child can not come from bad parents or a bad child from good parents. It means the actions done by any person represent what’s in his/her heart alone. A heart CAN be changed, beloved! A good heart can become rotten by the environment it’s immersed in. Just as a bad heart can become good with just one touch of a good influence. WE can be that good influence for others, beloved. We are called to be that influence, following the example of our Lord.
St. Paul said, “This saying is trustworthy and deserves full acceptance: Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners. Of these I am the foremost.” 1_Tm_1:15-17
If Jesus can change St. Paul from a zealous arch-enemy into a super evangelist, just imagine what we can do with His help. He’s there for us and for everyone, if we just reach out!
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