“A good person produces good things from the treasury of a good heart, and an evil person produces evil things from the treasury of an evil heart. What you say flows from what is in your heart.” Luke 6:45 NLT Catholic Edition
Have you ever watched the series “Once Upon a Time”. My kiddos absolutely love this series and I have to say I have also developed an interest in it – although I often am lost in the twisted story line.
“Once Upon a Time” is a very twisted series of all the fairy tale stories we heard growing up and even some of the current fairy tale stories produced by Disney. I have found it extremely interesting to understand good and evil in this series. What is most intriguing is that good and evil is dictated by a person’s heart. The more the heart becomes dark the more evil the person becomes. The heart literally becomes black as a person embraces evil. Evil is dictated by the person’s choice to do harm to others, in most cases by using dark magic. An evil person, like the “Evil Queen” from Snow White, can become good by choosing to help the heroes save others by defeating those that are inflicting dark magic to harm others.
Reflect on that for a minute and what Jesus says in Luke 6:45. Pause for a second and think about how sin eats away at you when you haven’t sought reconciliation.
When you are carrying your sins within you, do you feel this dark cloud hanging over you? Does your actions come from a place that is not of love? Do you see small little signs that reveal a relationship of darkness in your heart from sin and your choices, especially your choice of words to others?
Dear sisters and brothers, when we carry sin, we are right where the enemy wants us. He directs our heart away from God by covering it in darkness. As we continue to carry it, the darkness continues to grow and we become more separated from our Father in Heaven and our ability to hear Him begins to fade.
Jesus says in Luke 6:42 “get rid of the log in your own eye.” A little further, in Luke 6:48, Jesus describes what it looks like for a person who listens and does what He says. He compares it to a person who builds a house on a solid foundation that can withstand the floodwaters that break against it.
In the context of these verses, I find a lesson of reconciliation and a strong statement of what our heart produces and the strength of our faith when we don’t reconcile our sins against our sisters and brothers.
I have been in this place a number of times and I’m sure you may have as well. We dwell in the sins of anger, unforgiveness, jealousy, resentment, and judgement and our heart reflects that place of establishment. This may weaken our faith when we need it most as it begins to separate our heart from God. In some cases, it may totally fill the vessel within us so that we are not able to allow God to reside within, disabling us from reflecting the spirit of light onto others.
We are all called to shine the light of Christ to our brothers and sisters. In order to do so, it is essential to reconcile our sins and fill our heart with the goodness of our Lord.
God bless each of you.