Saturday, the 24th week of Ordinary Time
Mass at noon: Tuesday - Friday
Saturday at 5:00 - Sunday at 9:00 and 11:15am
When the people gather for prayer, all are welcome.
Saint of the day - Pio of Pietrelcina
Readings for today’s Mass
One of Jesus' images for the Kingdom of God is the field where seeds are scattered. Some of the seeds takes root, grows very well and reproduces themselves many times over. Some seeds face difficult challenges that make them less productive or not at all. The image is intended to relate the hearing of the word of God to what we do after having heard it. God's desire, of course, is that we produce more good fruit. There is always a danger that not bearing good fruit will get you cut down and thrown into a fire. So we need to persevere.
But just what can we do that counts as good fruit? Mt 7 gives a place to start: Those who do the will of my father in heaven. . . Good place to start, but not much help unless you know what is the will of the father. How do we know? Is it doing everything on the list of Mt 25? Is it welcoming home the son who ran away from home? Is it the good Samaritan and the neighbor all rolled into one? Yes. It's all of that and more.
Jesus spent his entire public ministry answering the question for those who were listening and heard; those who were rooted on fertile ground where the word could grow and produce good fruit.
The gospels are full of examples of good fruit. All we have to do is listen and persevere. At its simplest, it all comes down to those two things Jesus said are the greatest commandments: Love God and your neighbor. That's it. And you will know the tree by the fruit it bears.
Take notice throughout your day. How do you sow good seeds? What is the good fruit that results from it?