Let’s take a look at the themes in the readings for the 8th Sunday of the Year.
1st Reading – Sirach 27:4-7
- The quality of something (be it grain, pottery or fruit) is revealed when it is tested.
- When people speak, their speech offers a fitting test of what they think and believe.
- “Lord, it is good to give thanks to you.”
- Those who are close to the Lord flourish and are fruitful.
2nd Reading – 1st Corinthians 15:54-58
- The sting of death is sin, which has been conquered through the victory of Jesus Christ.
- We remain steadfast and devoted to the Lord, knowing that our hard word is not in vain.
Gospel – Luke 6:39-45
- Through humble adherence to Christ we “remove the splinter from our eye” as we acknowledge our sins and seek to help others.
- We can discern the content of a person’s heart by the fruit of their words and actions.