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Eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time

1st Reading: Sirach 27:4-7 
Resp.: Psalm 92:2-3, 13-14, 15-16
2nd Reading: 1st Corinthians 15:54-58
Gospel: Luke 6:39-45 

In last week's Gospel, the Lord told us not to judge and condemn as if we know everything like He does but in today's Gospel He does give us hints to help us discern.

Good trees don't bear rotten fruit; figs are not picked from thorn-bushes; and grapes are not picked from brambles. In other words, good things do not come from bad things. And if someone is doing harmful things to themselves or to others, it gives us cause to be concerned. 

We therefore have indications but still no way to make definitive judgments. We leave those type of judgments to the Church. She is the one entrusted with this capacity.

But how do we know if or when we should intervene? As long as it is not an emergency, we consult those who are learned and wise, we pray and ask God to let us know. 

This is why we need to be consistent men and women of prayer. We need continuous conversation with God so that we can act immediately at times when it is necessary. Good fruit is not grown in a hurry or automatically. It takes time and proper cultivation. Having a consistent relationship with God will dispose us to this.

Written by Fr. Jim Curiel, OCD
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