THEME: GOOD FRUITS! BAD FRUITS! WHAT DO YOU PRODUCE?
Today’s message is centred on fruits. Fruit is the positive end result of one’s action. When one cultivates a farm or plants a crop, he/she desires good fruits. A father who sends children to school and pays fees does so in the hope of reaping the fruits of his labour. We all love fruitfulness, and so does God.
All children of God are God’s plants. By virtue of our baptism we have been given the gifts of the Holy Spirit and hence, God desires good fruits from us. St. Paul mentioned these fruits: Love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, gentleness, faithfulness and self-control. He also mentioned the fruits of the flesh: immorality, impurity, licentiousness, idolatry, sorcery, enmity, strife, jealousy, anger, selfishness, dissension, party spirit, envy, drunkenness, carousing, and the like. All these vices St. Paul enumerated for the Galatians to know the difference between those in the flesh and those in the Spirit. So that those who have accepted Christ, may configure their lives to Christ.
The concerns addressed by Paul in today’s first reading are not different from the concerns that we face in the church and our world today. The sins listed have corresponding virtues that make the world a better and beautiful place to live in. If therefore our target is heaven, then we must strive to uphold virtue and not mere religious rituals. The rituals of religion could become virtuous acts if we truly think of them and do them in the light of true worship and not as mere religious show in order to gain cheap admiration.
GOOD MORNING AND GOD BLESS YOU!