We Are All Called to Bear Fruit
Fr Michael Rasicci’s homily for the 18th Sunday after Pentecost, 10/08/2017. From Exodus, Moses hands the Israelites the 10 Commandments from God. Paul shares that his life before Jesus Christ was all rubbish and that he is now committed to dedicate his life and death to Jesus Christ in hope for eternal life. In Matthew, Jesus tells the parable of an owner of a vineyard to has everything ready, then rents it to tenants. When he sends slaves to collect what he is due, the tenants mistreat the messengers and kill them. The owner sends more slaves and they are treated the same way. When the owner sends his son, the tenants kill the son. Jesus said to his audience that “the Kingdom of God will be taken away from you and given to a people who produce the fruits of the kingdom.” Fr Mike explained that the parable is calling us to bear the fruit of the Kingdom of God and to offer to the Lord the produce when requested. How have we grown in our capacity to love today, to be kind and generous to all people and creation today, to be patient and caring, to share our humanity today? These are samples of the fruit we are called to bear.