Eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time
March 3, 2019
Today’s scripture readings focus our attention on the quality of our moral character. They force us to take stock of how we are living our lives. Quite appropriate, for Wednesday this week is Ash Wednesday–the beginning of Lent.
The image found in both the First Reading and in the Gospel is that of a tree, and the quality of fruit it produces. So, we must ask ourselves what sort of fruit are our lives producing?
“The fruit of a tree shows the care it has had.” How well are each of us taking care of the tree of our life? What sort of fruit are we producing in our lives as disciples of Christ? Jesus challenges us to be honest with ourselves and with others.
How do we deal with the problems in our lives today? Do we simply focus on ourselves while ignoring the needs of those around us? Do we hear the cry of the poor? Are we ready to sacrifice our comfort for the good of others? When we see a problem are we willing to work at finding a solution? These are important issues for each of us to face.