Saturday, March 02, 2019
8th SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME
March 3, 2019 - 8th SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME
Sir 27: 4 – 7 / 1 Cor 15: 54 – 58 / Lk 6: 39 – 45
1st Reading; Sir 27: 4 – 7
When a sieve is shaken, the dirt falls through; so, too, the defects of a man are seen when he begins to speak. The kiln tests the potter's handiwork; a man is tested by his conversation.
A well-tended tree is shown by its fruits, so a man's feelings can be detected in what he says. Praise no one before he has spoken, since this is the acid test.
2nd Reading: 1 Cor 15: 54 – 58
When our perishable being puts on imperishable life, when our mortal being puts on immortality, the word of Scripture will be fulfilled: Death has been swallowed up by victory. Death, where is your victory? Death, where is your sting?
Sin is the sting of death to kill, and the Law is what gives force to sin. But give thanks to God who gives us the victory through Christ Jesus, our Lord.
So then, my dear brothers and sisters, be steadfast and do not be moved. Improve constantly in the work of the Lord, knowing that with him your labor is not without fruit.
Gospel Reading: Lk 6: 39 - 45
And Jesus offered this example, "Can a blind person lead another blind person? Surely both will fall into a ditch. A disciple is not above the master; but when fully trained, he will be like the master.
So why do you pay attention to the speck in your brother's eye while you have a log in your eye and are not conscious of it? How can you say to your neighbor: 'Friend, let me take this speck out of your eye,' when you can't remove the log in your own? You hypocrite! First remove the log from your own eye and then you will see clearly enough to remove the speck from your neighbor's eye.
"No healthy tree bears bad fruit, no poor tree bears good fruit. And each tree is known by the fruit it bears: you don't gather figs from thorns, or grapes from brambles. Similarly the good person draws good things from the good stored in the heart, and an evil person draws evil things from the evil stored in the heart. For the mouth speaks from the fullness of the heart."
In the first reading from Sirach we are reminded that our speech reveals who we really are, similar to the kind of fruit of a tree: "A well-tended tree is shown by its fruits."
In similar fashion, in the second reading from 1 Corinthians Paul assures
that our labor for and with the Lord will always be fruitful.
In the Gospel reading Jesus reminds us that our works reflect who we truly are. A good person does good things from his good heart while an evil person does evil from his evil heart. Just like trees: a good tree produces good fruit while a bad tree cannot bear good fruit. Just like a blind person being unable to lead another blind person!
We can surely tell what a person is from the works that he does.
In the Gospel reading the Lord also cautions us about judging others. We cannot really read the hearts of a person. And so often we dare to judge others much more strictly than we do ourselves: "'Friend, let me take this speck out of your eye,' when you can't remove the log in your own? You hypocrite! First remove the log from your own eye and then you will see clearly enough to remove the speck from your neighbor's eye."
"Do not judge" is one of the foundations of Christian teachings. Since we were small children we have been taught not to judge others and that only God has the right to judge. And we beg that the good God would always be merciful to us.
FINALLY, WE PRAY FOR ONE ANOTHER, FOR THOSE WHO HAVE ASKED OUR PRAYERS AND FOR THOSE WHO NEED OUR PRAYERS THE MOST.
Gina De Guzman
Ian & Jinkee So
Christopher Karl W. Cuyegkeng
Have a good day!
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