Eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Published on Mar 2nd, 2019 by Parish Office | 0

My Dear St. Bernadette Family,

“A tree is known by its fruit.” Truly this is one of the most profound statements in all of the scriptures. Some trees are beautiful to behold, so strong, so many leaves, such an impressive plant, but the fruit is poor, sour or rotten. For all its beauty, this is not a good tree.

People can be impressive in appearance as well, but the real test of success is the fruit of their labors. What do they bring to others? As we approach Lent (starting this Wednesday) we might spend some time evaluating the fruit of our lives. What do we bring into relationships, work, family, church, society? Do we take more than we give? What is the quality of the relationships of our life, the fruit?

This examination might give us some insight as to the work of the six weeks ahead. Lent should be a different experience for each person. We all need to make some changes and this should direct our Lenten prayers and practices. What do I need from Lent that the fruit I bear will be sweet, lush and a blessing to all?

With love,

Fr. Tom
www.stbernadettelakewood.org

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