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<< Saturday, October 22, 2016 >> Pope St. John Paul II
Ephesians 4:7-16
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Psalm 122:1-5 Luke 13:1-9
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"Look here! For three years now I have come in search of fruit on this fig tree and found none. Cut it down. Why should it clutter up the ground?" —Luke 13:7

We don't hear of Jesus cursing straggly, leafless trees. Rather, He cursed good-looking trees with lots of foliage but no fruit (Mt 21:19). Likewise, in Jesus' letters to the churches in Revelation, He does not threaten to close bad-looking churches but ones that have great reputations yet little fruit. For example, to the church of Sardis, Jesus says: "I know the reputation you have of being alive, when in fact you are dead! Wake up" (Rv 3:1-2). To Laodicea, Jesus declares: "You keep saying, 'I am so rich and secure that I want for nothing.' Little do you realize how wretched you are, how pitiable and poor, how blind and naked! Take my advice" (Rv 3:17-18).

To the Church of today, Jesus may be saying the same thing. Yes, we have more foliage than ever — buildings, finances, and programs more than at any other time in the history of Christ's Church. Yet how much fruit is there under all those leaves? I know churches with half-million dollar budgets and five catechumens. Of course, the Church has the responsibility to take care of its old fruit, but where is the new harvest? Jesus curses just leaves. Leaves without fruit are hypocritical.

Prayer: Father, make me a tree which has more fruit than leaves.
Promise: "When He ascended on high, He took a host of captives and gave gifts to men." —Eph 4:8
Praise: Pope St. John Paul II bore much fruit both during his long pontificate and in his timeless writings.
(For a related teaching on Spiritual Blindness, order, listen to or download our CD 65-1 or DVD 65 on our website or order our tape on audio AV 65-1 or video V 65.)
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