Bear fruit

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Fr. Joel de los Reyes

Father Joel de los Reyes
Divine Mercy Moments

Mango is in season nowadays here in Guam as you see mango trees especially in the south bedecked with fruits ready for picking. In fact there was a mango festival held recently in the south. To bear fruit among other things, means to be productive in what you’re engaged in. It means to deliver good results from your task, make good of your promises, do good performance at work, school or organization.

Some people bear fruit by volunteering community services or offering ride to the church or mall to someone who doesn’t drive. Others bear fruit by giving free extra time and effort for a good cause.

Do our bearing fruit glorify God? Yes and No. They do when we sincerely serve our neighbor, when we ask forgiveness for some hurt done to others, or forgive hurt done to us. They do when we show compassion and understanding, when we give without expecting anything back, when we rejoice at the good performed by others, or when our language is not foul or mean.

On the other hand, they don’t glorify God when we do things for selfish motives, to please others or for a show. They don’t if we believe that our achievement is purely and solely accomplished through our own abilities without God’s grace. They don’t when we fail to acknowledge our faults and shortcomings.

We bear much fruit of success when we are connected with God, the source of wisdom and strength. We bear much fruit of integrity by honest living and sincere dealings with others. With God we can do everything and make things happen with successful results. “I am the vine, you are the branches. Whoever remains in me and I in him will bear much fruit.” (John 15: 5). Stay connected with the Lord in prayer and sacraments.

On the flip side, someone said that if God permits the challenge, he will provide the grace to meet. Focus on Me not the storm says the Lord. (Mt. 14:22-23). God shines through the cracks of broken people. Then you will call and the Lord will answer, you will cry for help and He will say, “Here am I.” (Isaiah 58:9). God will never put weight on your shoulders that you can’t carry. Love in the reality of God is love and forgiveness. God reveals certain things to you for a reason. Amen on that folks!

St. Faustina wrote Jesus’ words: “He who refuses to pass through the door of My mercy must pass through the door of My justice,” (Diary 1146).

Pray the Divine Mercy every 3 p.m. Daily pray the Chaplet of Mercy and the Holy Rosary for peace in our families and in the world.

Come to our healing Mass 6 p.m. every Wednesday at San Vicente Catholic Church in Barrigada with anointing of the blessed oil of San roque and veneration of his sacred relic.

Join me in pilgrimage to the Holy Land, Infant of Prague site, Paris, Lourdes France and Divine Mercy sites in Poland from July 6-24, 2019. Pls. call Lou Salas at 477-8079 or me, Fr. Joel at 483-9464. Thank you.