Producing Fruit for the Kingdom

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In the first reading today from Genesis 37, we see part of the story of Joseph. Joseph was the favorite son of Israel, the child of his old age. The brothers were jealous of him. They plotted to kill him, but wound up “only” selling him into slavery. Joseph’s is a fascinating story. You should read all about him!

In the Gospel reading from Matthew 21, Jesus tells a parable much like the story of Joseph. A landowner sends his son to oversee a vineyard. The servants were jealous. So they kill the son. It is, of course, a parable about Jesus and the Jews. Jesus ends the story by saying to the chief priests and the Pharisees, “Therefore, I say to you, the Kingdom of God will be taken away from you and given to a people that will produce its fruit.”

The same thing is true today. God is not pleased with those who are not producing fruit for the Kingdom. There are many today who reject the teachings of the Church. Yet they remain within her walls. They are trying to bring “change” from within. They don’t want to conform to the teachings of the Church, they want the Church to conform to their way of thinking. This will do nothing but yield bad fruit. We can see it already. And when someone comes proclaiming the truth, they want only to kill the messenger, just like the wicked servants in Jesus’ parable. Repent! Let us turn our hearts to God that we may bear fruit for the Kingdom!

Father, teach us to be faithful to your teachings. May we bear good fruit for the Kingdom always in all ways. Amen.

Today’s Readings

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