Your word is a lamp for my feet and a light for my path. (Psalm 119)
Matthew 7: 15-20
Unhealthy trees produce –sometimes few, sometimes plenty of –fruits that are hard, wormy or covered with scabs of blight. These fruits often fall to the ground prematurely, or rot on the trees as insects or other parasites feed on them. So it is with our lives when we have unhealthy minds or souls –the diseases of resentment or bitterness and the parasites of pride and self-centredness consume our peace and joy, making our lives hard-hearted and miserable and of little or no mercy (received or given). The good news of the Gospel is that as children of God, we are designed to be healthy and to produce much fruit, as much as we allow ourselves to be pruned and tended by the Master Gardener of our souls. Under God’s care, the fruit of our lives become ripens into abundant life, to become juicy with love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Am I a healthy tree of good fruit? Holy Spirit of God, keep me healthy to produce good fruit.
Know that the Lord is God. He made us, we belong to him.
“Life is a song, sing it. Life is a struggle, accept it.”
Saint Mother Teresa of Calcutta
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Soli ad gloriam Dei
Beverly Illauq lives in Kemptville, Ontario, where she greets each morning by seeking the Gospel Mystery of the Day - the Word of the Lord for direct and practical application to the specific challenges & joys of the day.