Sunday, January 19, 2014

Sermon on the Mount --fruitiness

So every healthy tree bears good fruit.

 “Greed is good,” we are told because greed motivates us to work so we can produce what people are greedy to have. It's what makes our economy work.

But, of course, though through hard work and judicious planning we may be able to get whatever we can imagine to want, we can never be satisfied, because whatever we obtain in our greedy pursuit only makes us greedy to get something more.

God made us so that only in giving can we find satisfaction. Only as we forego our own wants to fulfill the needs of others do we find happiness.

Our Lord tells us that we can be, and we need to, be like a grapevine or a fig tree at harvest time. And our pleasing and nutritious fruit needs to be abundant and easy for others to pick and enjoy; fruit like love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, meekness, thoughtfulness, faithfulness and hope. LR

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