Ordinary Time: July 27th
Commentary on the Readings for the Seventh Sunday after Pentecost:
"Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. . . Not everyone who says to Me, 'Lord, Lord,'. . . but he who does the will of my Father . . . shall enter the kingdom of heaven" (Gospel).
The Introit is a call to the tongue to pray in a "voice of joy;" a call also to action: "Clap your hands." In early ages, this signified not only to praise a person by the tongue, but to work for him with the hands. If all the tree's life goes into "wagging" leaves, how can there be any fruit?
Not so much what one "says" about the Lord, but how he "does" His "Will" is what brings forth "good fruit". Deeds, not mere works, are acceptable to God; acceptable to neighbor also. Example is the best precept.
The final fruit of sin is "death;" the fruit of "justice" is "life everlasting". The Holy Eucharist is the "health-giving" Fruit of Calvary, our antidote against the poison-laden "Dead-Sea" fruit of the world, the flesh and the devil.