The Tree and its Fruit
- 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)
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.
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