"A good tree does not bear rotten fruit, nor does a rotten tree bear good fruit. For every tree is known by its own fruit. For people do not pick figs from thornbushes, nor do they gather grapes from brambles. A good person out of the store of goodness in his heart produces good, but an evil person out of a store of evil produces evil; for from the fullness of the heart the mouth speaks."
Whether you think it or not, we are always in harvest time. We as sons and daughters of our Creator are always bearing fruit. Sometimes it's BIG fruit, sometimes its small fruit, and sometimes its something in between. But just think...we are always bearing fruit! We never can push "pause" on ourselves or in our lives.
This may seem daunting to you. And it should! Jesus' words from Luke 6 apply very strongly today, because what we soak in (whether unconsciously or consciously) we then share with others. What we fill ourselves up with becomes our fruit.
If we spend a lot of time watching television shows the idolize superficiality or selfishness, then we will eventually bear those fruits, big and small. There are countless other examples of ways that we can bear some pretty "rotten" fruit.
But let's focus on the "good" fruit! Let's say you stick your nose in Sacred Scripture at least once a day. I PROMISE you that you will be better equipped to handle whatever life throws at you. Unexpected inspiration will hit you, consolation will be with you, hope to hold on will whisper inside of you! The positive repercussions of partaking in the sacraments regularly are another way to bear good fruit. Fill yourself up with Jesus (as we literally do in the Eucharist), and you will overflow with him!
We cannot expect to share the love of Christ genuinely with others if we do not fill ourselves up with this genuine love first. There are multiple ways to do this; as previously mentioned, reading the Bible, going to confession regularly, receiving Christ in the Eucharist, going to the youth events at St. Jude's parish! I think deep down we do all want to bear good fruit, but we often don't know how. I'll tell you this, that I don't know how we bear good fruit, but I know who does, and that is our Lord Jesus Christ! Explore his deep, consuming, unexpected, genuine love for YOU in the Gospel of John, in the confessional, at Mass! When that "resource" is tapped into, there will be no other option but for you to overflow with this love. And soon, inevitably, from the fullness of your heart, your mouth with speak of eternity and of Christ.
In Christ's Peace,