27 October 2018; Fruitful

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Saturday of the Twenty-ninth Week in Ordinary Time

Reading 1Eph 4:7-16; Gospel Lk 13:1-9

The book of Genesis would give us an idea about the initial boon that God bestowed on all the living organisms of the earth with a command “to be fruitful and multiply.’ At the very outset, we consider this ‘fruitfulness’ in terms of a call for biological reproduction. But it has also the dimension of one’s self-gift to others.

We all might have encountered certain difficult situations in our life, wherein we felt that we worked assiduously from dawn to dusk but did not feel a sense of satisfaction or contentment in our work. Every work that we do is to be considered as our collaboration with the Lord. We use our gifts of will, freedom, intellect, and cooperate with the Creator as collaborators and stewards. But the normal human tendency is to avoid this collaborative mission with our own Creator and trying to overpower the Creator.  The Psalmist exhorts: “If the Lord does not build the house in vain its builders labour.”The fruitfulness of our work depends on our collaboration with the creator.

Today’s gospel passage invites us to mend our broken relationship with the Lord with a true repentance. It is our meaningful words and deeds that instill meaning for our existence. Each and every day of our life is a gift from God. If we examine our life we can understand that God has forgiven our short comings unconditionally and blessed us with second chances so as to be fruitful. We have a human tendency to take for granted the second chance that the Lord provides us with by way of our idleness. The gospel account narrates that the Lord was not pleased with those people who appeared to be fruitful but in reality the contrary. As we continue our life journey let us be authentic by responding to God’s grace and compassion.

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