THE GOOD TREASURE OF THE HEART
Meditation for Saturday of the 23rd Week in Ordinary Time
(1 Tim 1:15-17; Lk 6:43-49)
St Paul continues to introduce his message to Timothy with utmost humility. He reaffirms that Jesus Christ came into the world to save sinners. And he acknowledged that he was among the sinners, in fact, the foremost among them, but the mercy of God saved him, making him, on the other hand, the foremost example of Jesus’ perfect patience to those who believe in Him for eternal life. He burst out with praise, saying, “To the king of ages, immortal, invisible, the only God, be honor and glory for ever and ever. Amen.”
So, the authority of St Paul’s teachings is based on the grace and mercy of God, not in any of his human capacity or personal achievement. Just as the fruit of a tree shows the kind of tree it is, so also the fruit of St Paul’s teachings tells us the stuff he was made, i.e. grace and mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Of course, Jesus says in the gospel of today, “No good tree bears bad fruit, nor again does a bad tree bear good fruit; for each tree is known by its own fruit.” Jesus explains that just as a tree, from its internal makeup and use of the nutrients given it, produces its fruit, so also do we produce words and actions from our heart. Goodness or evil is in the heart! “The good man out of the good treasure of his heart produces good, and the evil man out of his evil treasure produces evil; for out of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaks.”
And Jesus explains that anyone who takes his word to heart is like a house built solidly upon rock; it survives all weather conditions. Thus, the words of Jesus are like nutrients to the heart. We digest and absorb them into our lives through hearing and meditating on them. If our hearts are rooted on the words of Jesus, then our words and actions will testify to it just as a fruit tells of the nature of the tree. The humility and service St Paul rendered shows how much his heart is rooted in the mercy of Jesus that saved him. Let us make out time each day to meditate on the words and actions of Jesus, so that our lives will stand secure in Him, and we may bear fruits of righteous. Amen.
St Paphnutius the Great, Pray for us. Amen.
Fr Jude Chinwenwa Nwachukwu, C.Ss.R
Saints Peter & Paul Catholic Church,
Tedi-Muwo, Ojo, Lagos.
Saturday September 11th, 2021.