Saturday, September 10, 2011

The Good Tree


Sat. 23rd Week Year 1
Lk 6, 43-49

Jesus says that a good tree bears good fruit and a bad tree bears bad fruit.  None of us are thoroughly good trees, for only God is completely good.  And none of us (thank God!) are thoroughly bad trees.  Each of us is somewhere in between, in process of becoming good or bad.  And sometimes that process can be reversed several times in a single day!  To be a human being this side of the grave is to be a being that is in flux.  Unfortunately, it takes little effort to become bad; all we have to do is follow the line of least resistance.  For the way that leads to perdition is broad and many choose to go that route.  In contrast, the way to blessedness is narrow and few find it.  But we have a Savior!  He, Himself, is that good Tree who alone can bear the truly good fruit and it is only in our being united with Him that we too are good.  Without Him we can do nothing, but with Him everything is possible.  He is the Rock upon which we must build our lives so that when the rains come we will not be swept away.

The Sisters will have their community elections on Tuesday, September 13.  Their Religious Assistant to their Poor Clare Federation, Father Robert McCreary, will be presiding.  He arrives tomorrow to help them prepare.  The time immediately preceding an election are intense, so if I do not post during the next few days, you will know why!

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