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Monday, 07 September 2009 04:12
We should do the same with each other. We should not give up on a friend or relative, a co-worker or a neighbor, a politician or a business partner, who seems to only “bear rotten fruit” and “out of a store of evil produces evil.” We should not give up on them but be patient with them, and patiently present them with God’s Word, hoping and praying that it will transform them and their actions.



Saturday of the 23rd Week in Ordinary Time

1 Timothy 1:15-17

Psalm 113:1b-2, 3-4, 5 and 6-7

L uke 6:43-49 "For no good tree bears bad fruit, nor again does a bad tree bear good fruit; (44) for each tree is known by its own fruit. For figs are not gathered from thorns, nor are grapes picked from a bramble bush. (45) The good man out of the good treasure of his heart produces good, and the evil man out of his evil treasure produces evil; for out of the  abundance of the heart his mouth speaks. (46) "Why do you call me `Lord, Lord,' and not do what I tell you? (47) Every one who comes to me and hears my words and does them, I will show you what he is like: (48) he is like a man building a house, who dug deep, and laid the foundation upon rock; and when a flood arose, the stream broke against that house, and could not shake it, because it had been well built. (49) But he who hears and does not do them is like a man who built a house on the ground without a foundation; against which the stream broke, and  immediately it fell, and the ruin of that house was great."

         

 

Meditation by Alex Rödlach

T wo years ago, when I moved into my house in Omaha, I planted a couple of trees in the backyard to provide fruits for birds, such as a crab apple tree, and for me, such as a pear tree. On one side of the yard, I planted a raspberry hedge. This year, I prepared a small vegetable bed in the backyard and planted tomatoes, broccoli, strawberries, herbs and so on. The raspberries are plentiful and we enjoy every day delicious tomatoes. Other plants too grew well, though we had to share them with the rabbits, which have a feast in the garden. Again others did not really grow well or did not bear anything.

 

This came to my mind when I read today’s readings. In the Gospel of Luke, Jesus uses images from nature to talk about how our actions reflect who and what we are. He says that “every tree is known by its own fruit.” Jesus encourages us to look at what is in our mind and heart and then compare it with our actions. Actions are the fruits of our thoughts and desires, motivations and interests, joys, pains, and hurts. But Jesus goes further. He also challenges us to compare what is in our mind and in our heart with his Word. He invites us to listen to him and allow his word to transform our hearts and minds. In other words, he outlines a strategy for us: (1) to listen to his Word, (2) to be transformed by it, and (3) to act in accordance with it. When we follow this strategy then we can be sure that our lives will bear plentiful fruit that can be enjoyed by everyone who is in touch with us!

 

Well, we all know that in reality it is not so easy and straightforward. There are many distractions in our lives that make it difficult to listen to the Word of God. Often, we face many issues that hinder or slow down being transformed by his Word. Every day we encounter much that prevents us from acting upon God’s Good News. We are like the plants in my backyard. Sometimes we bear good fruits, like the tomatoes and raspberries that are abundant in my garden. Sometimes we do not bear fruit at all, like the broccoli that did not grow at all. Further, all of us bear different fruits, in different quantities, with varying qualities, and at different times. The goal of all of us should be to bear some fruit, but when we bear fruit and what fruits we bear differs from person to person and from time to time.

Another example from my backyard came to my mind when pondering about the readings. I planted the pear tree about two years ago. It never really established itself and appeared to be sickly. I was thinking of removing it and planting a new one, but did not do so out of lack of time. Well, this year, the tree was bearing fruit for the first time and I was happy that I did not get rid of the tree. This reminded me on what Paul writes in the first reading of today. He says that Christ came to save sinners, including Paul. In him “Christ Jesus might display all his patience.” Paul says that Christ is patient with him and with us. Christ does not expect us to be perfect, to bear fruit at all times. When we bear rotten fruit or no fruit at all, when we are sinners, then he will forgive us. We should do the same with each other. We should not give up on a friend or relative, a co-worker or a neighbor, a politician or a business partner, who seems to only “bear rotten fruit” and “out of a store of evil produces evil.” We should not give up on them but be patient with them, and patiently present them with God’s Word, hoping and praying that it will transform them and their actions.

 

 

Supplementary Reading

oN GoD’S SIDE

 

Jesus looked straight at them and answered, 'This is impossible for human beings, but for God everything is possible.' – Matthew 19:26

 

In 2002, the servant leaders of a parish in Muntinlupa felt God’s calling to reach out to more people in their area. With this desire in mind, they created the Servants of Jesus Community Foundation, Inc. (SOJCFI). They wanted to start a children’s scholarship program to sponsor kids who want to pursue their education but are financially challenged. But many obstacles stood in the way of setting up the foundation. The PHP 100,000 bond money registration requirement. The need for an office. The problem of generating funds for their operations and programs. Conflicts among the leaders which resulted to some members eventually leaving the community. Personal struggles of the members which affected their role in the foundation.

But with God nothing is impossible. SOJCFI started with three scholars last 2004 but has increased to 11 kids after two years. They are looking to continually increase the number of scholars and are also looking for programs to help the parents of these kids generate their own livelihood. Their story proves that things will always work out if you have God at your side.Alvin fabella

 

REFLECTION:

With God on your side, how can you go wrong?

 

Lord, thank You for making the impossible possible in our lives.


GOD BLESS US ALL!
PRAY as if everything depended on HIM. ACT as if everything depended on YOU.
 
 
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