Saturday of the Twenty-Ninth Week in Ordinary Time
Memorial Feast: Saint Anthony Mary Claret (1807-+1870) Founder of the Congregation of Missionary Sons of the Immaculate Heart of Mary – Patron Saint of Textile Merchants
Readings: Letter of Saint Paul to the Ephesians 4:7-16; Psalm 122:1-2, 3-4ab, 4cd-5;
The parable of the barren fig tree, by Abel Grimmer; circa 1611
How often have you read about the latest and easiest way to lose weight? The diet plans that are offered are nearly too numerous to mention. My personal favorite gimmick to lose weight is “the diet pill.” All you have to do is simply take two or three diet pills every day and you are guaranteed to lose all those unwanted pounds. Here is where I get to use one of my favorite sayings, “If it’s too good to be true, it probably is!”
In today’s readings, are we not challenged to consider the same course of action if we want to lead a more faith-filled life in concert with Christ? Is one of the keys to a healthy spiritual life to avoid being swept up in the wave of new well-being gimmicks, and to keep our spiritual life focused on prayer, forgiveness, and living the truth of God’s love?
In the parable of the fig tree, Saint Luke reminds us that not only must we live a prayer filled life, but we also need to have great patience when it comes to seeing the results of such a life. As with diet plans and fig trees, our deepening relationship with Jesus does not produce results overnight. Only by faithfully attending to our spiritual needs in prayer and exercising our faith through the good deeds we do for others and with great patience and understanding will the change we so deeply desire rise up within us and become permanent.
Question of the Day: How will you be called to be loving and compassionate in how you use your gifts and in creating unity among the People of God?
Prayer: Dear Jesus, let Your love make me loving and Your sacrifice make me ready to give myself to others. Amen.