Go and Bear Fruit

I chose you from the world, to go and bear fruit that will last, says the Lord.-John 15:16 Today's gospel reflection is taken from the antiphon before today's Gospel reading.  Jesus makes a very direct point and simply says "Go and bear fruit that will last".  It seems so easy, and yet so complicated at... Continue Reading →

A Lasting Legacy

"They profess to know God, but they deny him by their works. They are detestable, disobedient, unfit for any good work."- Titus 1:16 There is a quote by Brennan Manning that says "The greatest single cause of atheism in the world today is Christians, who acknowledge Jesus with their lips, walk out the door, and... Continue Reading →

The True Vine

"I am the vine, you are the branches.  Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is who bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing."- John 15:5 At a previous home my wife and I had a grapevine in our backyard.  Every spring it would sprout up and produce... Continue Reading →

Known by its Fruit

"And if you call on Him as Father who judges impartially according to each one's deeds, conduct yourselves with fear throughout the time of your exile."- 1 Peter 1:17 A couple years ago a book titled "Not a Fan" was published.  The basic premise of the book is that you are either a fan or... Continue Reading →

Go Therefore

"Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name o the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you.  And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age."-  Matthew 28:19-20 We have all had someone... Continue Reading →

What do you produce?

"Can a fig tree, my brothers, bear olives, or  grapevine produce figs?  Neither can salt pond produce fresh water."- James 3:12 In the third chapter of his letter, James is writing about taming the tongue.  Words can be a great encouragement, describe love, but they can also destroy if not used properly.  Today's verse reminds... Continue Reading →

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