Gospel – Luke 6:39-45
Jesus told his disciples a parable, “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. Why do you notice the splinter in your brother’s eye, but do not perceive the wooden beam in your own? How can you say to your brother, ‘Brother, let me remove that splinter in your eye,’ when you do not even notice the wooden beam in your own eye? You hypocrite! Remove the wooden beam from your eye first; then you will see clearly to remove the splinter in your brother’s eye. “A good tree does not bear rotten fruit, nor does a rotten tree bear good fruit. For every tree is known by its own fruit. For people do not pick figs from thornbushes, nor do they gather grapes from brambles. 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.”
The Catechism of the Catholic Church
2847 The Holy Spirit makes us discern between trials, which are necessary for the growth of the inner man, and temptation, which leads to sin and death. We must also discern between being tempted and consenting to temptation. Finally, discernment unmasks the lie of temptation, whose object appears to be good, a “delight to the eyes” and desirable, when in reality its fruit is death.
From “The Great Crusade of Salvation” Testimony of Catalina Rivas (CS-37:3)
3) Those who do not believe, what kind of miracle are they looking for? Do they not see the continual miracle that is My Church, which though persecuted at times, rather than dying, lives ever stronger among the nations? Truly blind and guides of the blind are they who deny Catholicism and My present Pope. They have huge beams in front of their eyes and purport to enlighten the world with other doctrines! The light already exists and it is splendid. Look at it well and it will captivate you.
From “Door to Heaven” Testimony of Catalina Rivas (DH-101:6; 46:2)
6) Be assured, My child, that every person has a certain amount of saintliness but it is necessary that, minute by minute and blow by blow, that saintliness is being chiseled because saints are not improvised. People have lost so many beautiful things that We had in store for them… With his cunning Satan was able to do more and he knew how to take advantage of their weaknesses which are generally due to their being unwilling to recognize the beam in their own eye… How easy it is to criticize a friend when not present.
2) Do everything with love; organize your work. Already you have everything you need for the tree to begin to bear good… very good fruits.
Each week we will be presenting a portion of the following Sunday’s readings, and linking it to relevant parts of the Catechism of the Catholic Church and messages from the Testimony of Catalina. Pay special attention to the italicized underlined sections. This Sunday it is asked, What kind of soil will you be for the word of God? We hope this is inspiring and educational. Any comments you have are certainly welcomed.
Tim Francis prepared this educational program to help you increase your faith and love for the Holy Trinity and our Blessed Mother. His website is http://YouShallBelieve.com
I have known Tim for many years and recommend his work highly. He is a strong advocate for the “The Real Body and Blood Of Jesus” and the numerous miracles that occur on a daily basis. Both of us are greatly inspired by the amazing writings of Catalina Rivas. Catalina is one of the few individuals in history who personally experienced the “Stigmata Of Jesus Christ.”