8th Sunday in Ordinary Time Year C
The just will flourish ... still bearing fruit when they are old.
Grant us, O Lord, we pray,
that the course of our world
may be directed by your peaceful rule
and that your Church may rejoice,
untroubled in her devotion.
Today’s readings urge us to draw life from hearts filled with the goodness and teachings of the Lord ... to live virtuous lives that bear sound fruit.
In the First Reading, the author uses images from everyday experience to highlight the importance of our words, suggesting that our moral worth (or the lack of it) can be proved by our speech.
The Psalmist speaks of the value of continual gratitude to God, and also paints a picture of the sturdiness of the person of virtue.
Paul encourages the Christians in Corinth to see Christ’s resurrection as the source of their hope. He also exhorts his hearers to persevere in doing good and working for the Lord. (Second Reading)
In the Gospel, Jesus also uses simple reflections on human experience in his teachings. Disciples must learn from their master, and in the process become like him. Having warned against the danger of judging others, he also states that just as a tree’s value is judged by its fruit, so the true test of human virtue is the way we live our life.
This week, we may desire to pray for a discerning heart and spirit, committed to trying to find God’s invitation and his will in the actions and fruits of our daily life.
The Lord has been my strength; he has led me into freedom. Entrance Antiphon
It is good to give you thanks, O Lord. Psalm Response
Keep on working at the Lord’s work always, knowing that, in the Lord, you cannot be labouring in vain. Second Reading
Open our hearts, O Lord, to accept the words of your Son. Gospel Acclamation
Every tree can be told by its own fruit. … For a man’s words flow out of what fills his heart. Gospel
This week’s texts if you want to reflect further
Ecclesiasticus 27: 4–7; Psalm 91(92); 1 Cor. 15: 54–58; Luke 6: 39–45