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The Tree and its Fruit

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Today’s Readings

  • Reading I:  1 Timothy 1:15-17
  • Responsorial Psalm: Psalm 113
  • Gospel Reading: Luke 6:43-49

Warnings to Disciples (Luke 6:43-49)

We’ve seen how Luke uses certain sayings of the Lord which in Matthew would have been applicable to the hypocritical Pharisees as warnings to his own disciples. In yesterday’s readings, the saying about blind guides leading the blind — which in Matthew is made in reference to the Pharisees — is used in Luke as a warning to those who presume to correct the faults of their brothers. Today’s reading can be outlined thus:

  • Good trees do not produce bad fruits (v. 43)
  • Commentary on verse 43 (vv.44-45)
  • Why do you call me Lord …? (v. 46)
  • Parable of the men who built their respective houses on rock and sand. (vv. 47-49)

parallel

The saying about good trees and bad trees and their respective fruits is used in Matthew as a criterion for discerning false prophets. Here, the saying continues the previous one on the disciple who presumes to correct a brother’s fault (see vv. 41-42). The judgment that one utters on account of a brother may actually flow from a heart overflowing with evil.

Finally, the statements on doing what one learns from the Lord (vv. 46-49). The words are similar to the conclusion of Matthew’s Sermon on the Mount. In Luke, this is said within the context of an exhortation on loving the neighbor (see 6:27ff). He who truly loves will be building his house on rock, not on sand.

1 Timothy 1:15-17
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15A faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation, that Christ Jesus came into this world to save sinners, of whom I am the chief.
16But for this cause have I obtained mercy: that in me first Christ Jesus might shew forth all patience, for the information of them that shall believe in him unto life everlasting.
17Now to the king of ages, immortal, invisible, the only God, be honour and glory for ever and ever. Amen.
Luke 6:43-49
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43For there is no good tree that bringeth forth evil fruit; nor an evil tree that bringeth forth good fruit.
44For every tree is known by its fruit. For men do not gather figs from thorns; nor from a bramble bush do they gather the grape.
45A good man out of the good treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is good: and an evil man out of the evil treasure bringeth forth that which is evil. For out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh.
46And why call you me, Lord, Lord; and do not the things which I say?
47Every one that cometh to me, and heareth my words, and doth them, I will shew you to whom he is like.
48He is like to a man building a house, who digged deep, and laid the foundation upon a rock. And when a flood came, the stream beat vehemently upon that house, and it could not shake it; for it was founded on a rock.
49But he that heareth, and doth not, is like to a man building his house upon the earth without a foundation: against which the stream beat vehemently, and immediately it fell, and the ruin of that house was great.
Luke 6:43-49
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43For there is no good tree that bringeth forth evil fruit; nor an evil tree that bringeth forth good fruit.
44For every tree is known by its fruit. For men do not gather figs from thorns; nor from a bramble bush do they gather the grape.
45A good man out of the good treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is good: and an evil man out of the evil treasure bringeth forth that which is evil. For out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh.
46And why call you me, Lord, Lord; and do not the things which I say?
47Every one that cometh to me, and heareth my words, and doth them, I will shew you to whom he is like.
48He is like to a man building a house, who digged deep, and laid the foundation upon a rock. And when a flood came, the stream beat vehemently upon that house, and it could not shake it; for it was founded on a rock.
49But he that heareth, and doth not, is like to a man building his house upon the earth without a foundation: against which the stream beat vehemently, and immediately it fell, and the ruin of that house was great.

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