– Saints John Fisher and Thomas More –
“In the same way, every good tree bears good fruit, but the bad tree bears bad fruit.” [Matthew 7:17]
There are multiple times in scripture where we are offered fruit as an indication of being in step with the plan of God. For example, Adam and Eve were blessed to “be fruitful” (Genesis 1:28), and Jesus appoints the apostles to “bear fruit that will last” (John 15:16). Paul describes evidence of the Holy Spirit at work in our lives as ‘fruits’ (Gal 5:22), and in today’s Gospel, Jesus offers fruit as a means for us to discern who speaks the word of God and who does not.
So, are you listening to people whose lives are bearing good fruit?
And, perhaps a more challenging question, is your life bearing good fruit?
Galatians 5:22-23 offers a starting point for answering these questions. Is your life growing with love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control? Would those around you be able to recognize you as a good tree bearing good fruit?
Fruit does not grow and ripen in a day. It takes time, diligence, pruning and attention to fully mature. In the same way, for our lives to bear good fruit, we need to be faithful over time, diligent in our efforts to stay connected to the vine and attentive to the parts of our lives that require the pruning of the master gardener.
Today, let’s pray that the Spirit of God would open our eyes to see where we are producing bad fruit, which must be pruned and then that he would reveal to us where we are bearing good, healthy fruit, which reveals God to the world.
by Madelene Wilson
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