Saturday of the Twenty-Ninth Week in Ordinary Time
Memorial Feast: Saint John of Capistrano—(1386-+1456) Patron of Jurists, Belgrade, and Hungary
Romans 8:1-11, Psalm 24:1-2, 3-4, 5-6, & Luke 13:1-9
In today's Gospel narrative, we hear the parable of the fig tree. The orchard owner commands the gardener to cut down the tree since it has not produced fruit in three years. Yet the gardener urges the owner to allow him to tend to the tree's need of extra cultivation and fertilization so that it might bear fruit. What kind of fruit are we called to bear? Is our "fruit" the number of accomplishments and material goods that we can accumulate through life? Does this make our fruit good?
The first reading from Romans seems to focus on what our lives are meant to be:
"For what the law, weakened by the flesh, was powerless to do, this God has done…But you are not in the flesh; on the contrary, you are in the spirit, if only the Spirit of God dwells in you."
Sisters and brothers, God's Spirit within us is immeasurable. His presence within each of us is all-embracing because we are created in His image and likeness. We are called to be open to God's dwelling within us as we remain in the presence of "God's life of peace." (Romans 8:6)
It is extremely challenging in a world which so often emphasizes material goods as a sign of success. May we each find some quiet time to contemplate the call of God within our hearts so that we may rejoice in God's constant love for each of us. Then we will be able to move back into our day-to-day world, bearing the gifts/fruits of life and peace for ourselves and others.
Question of the Day: How will you learn to live in the "Spirit" of God and leave the material world behind?
Prayer: "I take no pleasure in the death of the wicked man, says the Lord, but rather in his conversion that he may live."