Bear the Good Fruit
Have you ever been sick? Not the typical stuffy nose and cough, but to the point where you felt light-headed and unable to really move from the couch? We've all been touched by this form of sickness every now and then in our lives. For me, it's usually the worst kind of bug that puts me on the couch for days, not the best result for someone who's always on the go and can't stop moving. However, when we go through these times of sickness, the break can be somewhat enjoyable (as long as there's enough good rom-coms to watch). The time to breathe and actually give yourself time to rest and recover fully, bringing fruitful results hopefully sooner rather than later. In taking time for peace, patiently allowing your body time to recover, you get stronger, and are back up on your feet in no time. However, if you don't take this time, and properly take care of yourself, it can take longer than you'd hoped to feel like yourself again. The results won't be as fruitful. Do you take the time needed to properly take care of yourself, even past sickness but everyday health, so to bring fruitful results?
Today's Gospel states:'"Hear another parable. There was a householder who planted a vineyard, and set a hedge around it, and dug a wine press in it, and built a tower, and let it out to tenants, and went into another country. When the season of fruit drew near, he sent his servants to the tenants, to get his fruit; and the tenants took his servants and beat one, killed another, and stoned another. Again he sent other servants, more than the first; and they did the same to them. Afterward he sent his son to them, saying, `They will respect my son.' But when the tenants saw the son, they said to themselves, `This is the heir; come, let us kill him and have his inheritance.' And they took him and cast him out of the vineyard, and killed him. When therefore the owner of the vineyard comes, what will he do to those tenants?" They said to him, "He will put those wretches to a miserable death, and let out the vineyard to other tenants who will give him the fruits in their seasons." Jesus said to them, "Have you never read in the scriptures: `The very stone which the builders rejected has become the head of the corner; this was the Lord's doing, and it is marvelous in our eyes'? Therefore I tell you, the kingdom of God will be taken away from you and given to a nation producing the fruits of it." When the chief priests and the Pharisees heard his parables, they perceived that he was speaking about them. But when they tried to arrest him, they feared the multitudes, because they held him to be a prophet' (Matthew 21:33-43, 45-46).
Today's reading talks about how the Kingdom of God will be with the nation that produces fruit, that does God's will. When we properly invest ourselves in faith, and take the necessary time to pray, to attend mass, the Sacraments, care for others and ourselves, we bear fruitful results (moreso than when we rush through without using caution). Just like when you're sick and you need to rest and take care of yourself to get back on your feet, when you're struggling in your life and trying to push through to the next day, it's important to trust in God, to be patient and take that time to pray and ask His aid. We can't do it on our own, and you notice how much more fruitful your life can be when you take the necessary time, focus and energy to build that relationship with God. You can't hope to bear fruit when you don't care for the tree, so how can you hope to live the best life you can without having God by your side? Take some time to pray and ask God to help you work towards living a fruitful life.
Today we pray:
Thank You for showing me what it means to live a fruitful life. Help me to continue to work on being in relationship with You, and making You the centre of my life.
I pray in Your most holy name, Amen.