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8th Sunday in Ordinary Time C Year

Sunday, March 03, 2019

“It is good to give you thanks, o Lord” we sing in the refrain of this Sunday's psalm. It is really good to give thanks to the Lord for His goodness and love toward us. In the same way we should follow Him in these acts by our good life. Sirach, the author of the first reading, gives us a few short sentences which express how to handle a good and smart life, something like this: “The fruit of a tree shows the care it has had; so too does one’s speech disclose the bent of one’s mind”. St Paul encourages his listeners of Corinth to “be firm, steadfast, always fully devoted to the work of the Lord, knowing that in the Lord their labor is not in vain.” Jesus takes aim at giving good counsel, to lead a good life in God: “Can a blind person guide a blind person? Will not both fall into a pit? No disciple is superior to the teacher; but when fully trained, every disciple will be like his teacher.” Later on Jesus gives a short test of humility to everyone, asking him to correct first himself, to be able later to criticize the others; or to look at the goodness of someone's heart, by his good acts, as we can recognize a good tree by its good fruits. Because “a good person out of the store of goodness in his heart produces good, but an evil person out of a store of evil produces evil; for from the fullness of the heart the mouth speaks." This is good advice for our good life, which leads us to God, and which gives us our divine teacher Jesus Christ.