Jesus talks about being fruitful, producing fruit. Somehow, this concept of producing fruit seems to rub us the wrong way. The demands on us to perform, to adapt, to "get more results" are wearing us down. One of the reasons we come to Church is because we experience Mass as a sanctuary from a world gone mad with production and instant everything! We come to pray and find rest and inner peace from the stress and craziness. We view Church as a rock of peace and as an anchor in the midst of a changing world.
So when Jesus talks about fruit He doesn’t mean performance. According to Henry Nouwen Jesus makes a distinction between doing and being. Nouwen says: "Success comes from doing, and fruitfulness comes from being." Being in and with God, with others and with ourselves.
So Jesus does not say: do more! He is saying: be more! Be all that you can be as you remain in me! Spend time with God, get to know God deeper. Experience God’s inner peace once again, and His joy. Take a break from the world and be with God, be with yourself too, get in touch with your true inner self and your calling and become centered in your inner spiritual life.
When you remain in Jesus, fruit is a given. It will grow naturally out of your life of centeredness and peace and love, just as the grape grows naturally out of the vine.
TO THE WINNERS OF THE
ST. BARNABAS REVERSE RAFFLE
JAMES KERLEY, KAITLIN TELESE, RITA LAYDEN, PATRICIA JIMINEZ, THOMAS FINNEN, DONNA GERBER, CATHY DOLINGO (A TWO TIME WINNER)
KENNETH BARNETT, THOMAS REILLY, JOSEPH CICERO, STEPHEN MARTIN AND THE GRAND PRIZE WINNER IS.....MONIQUE COSTABLE.
THANK YOU TO ALL THOSE THAT PARTICIPATED.