THEME: BY THEIR FRUITS WE SHALL KNOW THEM
Jesus today uses the analogy of fruit to drive home his message. Fruit is a positive end result or reward of labour or effort. It’s often the desire of all that their labour and efforts bear good fruits. And when the opposite seems to be the case, one feels frustrated and disappointed with his work.
Christians who listen to Christ in the Gospel and share from the table of the Eucharist are the plants of God. God expects good fruits from us. And St. Paul sums up these fruits in Galatians: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control (Gal. 5:22-23). But often our lives as Christians are directly and completely contradictory to these highlighted fruits. And like every Parent whose efforts at giving a good home training to children fails, Jesus today expresses both his frustration and anger: why do you call me Lord, Lord, and yet do not do what I tell you? This is a strong question to reflect on today:
You call me Lord Lord, and yet cannot forgive your brother/sister; You call me Lord Lord, and yet it’s in your house that the downfall of another is planned and executed; *You call me Lord Lord, and you gossip and lie against your brother/sister; You call me Lord Lord, and take bribes and oppress the poor and those who have no one to speak in their favour; You call me Lord Lord, and your heart is full of wickedness and vengeance; You call me Lord Lord in Church, eat my flesh and drink my blood, and from inside the Church you quarrel and fight. Christians in the same Church poison themselves because of administrative positions, some even go diabolical.
Jesus tells us today, that an evil heart begets wickedness and evil, but a good heart begets goodness. He tells us that, it’s only by the fruits we bear that one can truly know who we are for- JESUS or SATAN. The question is: are you for Jesus or for the devil? I pray that Christ will not say of us, this people honour me with their lips but their hearts are far away from me.
PRAYER: Help us, Lord, to bear good fruits. Amen!
GOOD MORNING AND HAPPY WEEKEND!