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Today's Gospel: Luke 6:39-45

Today is the last Sunday in Ordinary Time before Lent begins, and, boy, does Jesus have some things to say to us!

All of the readings are pointing to the idea that if we are believers in the One True God, people ought to know it by our words and actions. Jesus Himself tells us that our actions will show people what kind of people we really are.

“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.”

Ouch! Am I bearing good fruit? Am I working to center my life on God and striving to become more like Christ, or am I following the world and thinking I have all kinds of time to do right by God and others?

As we approach the Lenten season, it’s time for us to take stock of our souls and make reconciliation where it’s needed – whether that’s with God or with our friends or family. If we have wronged someone, we need to make amends. And if we’ve been wronged . . . well, then we need to forgive. Lent is a time when we really focus on Memento mori, or “Remember your death.”

As we enter into Lent, let us all re-focus ourselves on Christ and join ourselves to His suffering so we can also join Him in His Resurrection.




Am I bearing good fruit or rotten fruit? When people see me, can they tell I'm a Christian, or do I need to prune myself and refocus my life on Christ?



Lord, give me strength to honestly assess my soul as I approach Lent. Help me to be more like You in word and in deed.


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We are getting close to Lent, and Jesus has a challenge for us all. Are you bearing good fruit in His name?


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