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Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:

September 13, A.D. 2008

Scripture from today's Liturgy of the Word:

1 Corinthians 10:14-22
Psalm 116:12-13, 17-18
Luke 6:43-49

A reflection on today's Scripture:

Each tree is known by its yield. . . .

Wickedness cannot give rise to good, no more than good can give rise to wickedness.

Much of our society has conformed to the idea that the end does justify the means. That if the end intended is a good end, then the means used, whatever they are, are justified and good.

But Jesus quite distinctly tells us something else. He tells us that in no way does the end justify the means. In no way can a bad tree give rise to good fruit.

The means must reflect the end. If the end is love and goodness, the beginning must be love and goodness. Love cannot spring from violence and hatred. Love must start with the determination to love.

Whenever there is a moment of doubt in your mind about whether a result is good or an action is good, turn to Jesus and ask Him. He is always standing by, ready to help us discern, ready to help us give good fruit.

How shall I make a return to the Lord
for all the good he has done for me?
- Psalm 116:12

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Saturday, September 13, 2008

Saturday of the Twenty-third Week in Ordinary Time

St. John Chrysostom, bishop and doctor of the Church

Lives of the saints:

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