Posts Tagged ‘Be fruitful’


The Spirit of the Risen Christ dwells within each and every one of us through our Baptism and is empowering us. Our bodies however are not yet transformed, as they will be in the final resurrection. While we wait for that day, the Spirit gives us strength and zeal to do God’s work in all our ways of life.

When we no longer have a desire to pray, read the Word, attend mass to receive the Holy Eucharist or to attend community prayer meetings; these are signs that we have distanced ourselves from the Lord our God through Sin. For the Spirit of God no longer resides in us, our body, mind and soul have been overtaken by the ways and pleasures of the world. We become fig trees that bear no fruit! And it is clear in today’s first reading, “People who are interested only in unspiritual things can never be pleasing to God.”

Therefore let us always turn to our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ who is waiting to embrace with His mercy and love. To liberate us from all sin so as that we live as sons and daughters of God our Heavenly Father. For everyone moved by the Spirit is a son and daughter of God. The spirit we received is not the spirit of slaves bringing fear into our lives again; it is the spirit of sons and daughters, and it makes us cry out, ‘Abba, Father!’ The Spirit himself and our spirit bear united witness that we are children of God. And if we are children we are heirs as well: heirs of God and coheirs with Christ, sharing his sufferings so as to share his glory. (Rm 8:14-15) Amen

First reading

Romans 8:1-11 ·

The Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead lives in you

The reason why those who are in Christ Jesus are not condemned is that the law of the spirit of life in Christ Jesus has set you free from the law of sin and death. God has done what the Law, because of our unspiritual nature, was unable to do. God dealt with sin by sending his own Son in a body as physical as any sinful body, and in that body God condemned sin. He did this in order that the Law’s just demands might be satisfied in us, who behave not as our unspiritual nature but as the spirit dictates.

    The unspiritual are interested only in what is unspiritual, but the spiritual are interested in spiritual things. It is death to limit oneself to what is unspiritual; life and peace can only come with concern for the spiritual. That is because to limit oneself to what is unspiritual is to be at enmity with God: such a limitation never could and never does submit to God’s law. People who are interested only in unspiritual things can never be pleasing to God. Your interests, however, are not in the unspiritual, but in the spiritual, since the Spirit of God has made his home in you. In fact, unless you possessed the Spirit of Christ you would not belong to him. Though your body may be dead it is because of sin, but if Christ is in you then your spirit is life itself because you have been justified; and if the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead is living in you, then he who raised Jesus from the dead will give life to your own mortal bodies through his Spirit living in you.

Gospel

Luke 13:1-9

‘Leave the fig tree one more year’

Some people arrived and told Jesus about the Galileans whose blood Pilate had mingled with that of their sacrifices. At this he said to them, ‘Do you suppose these Galileans who suffered like that were greater sinners than any other Galileans? They were not, I tell you. No; but unless you repent you will all perish as they did. Or those eighteen on whom the tower at Siloam fell and killed them? Do you suppose that they were more guilty than all the other people living in Jerusalem? They were not, I tell you. No; but unless you repent you will all perish as they did.’

    He told this parable: ‘A man had a fig tree planted in his vineyard, and he came looking for fruit on it but found none. He said to the man who looked after the vineyard, “Look here, for three years now I have been coming to look for fruit on this fig tree and finding none. Cut it down: why should it be taking up the ground?” “Sir,” the man replied “leave it one more year and give me time to dig round it and manure it: it may bear fruit next year; if not, then you can cut it down.”’