The grapefruit tree alongside our house here in Rome at first produced only one or two fruits per year. With extra watering and fertilizer it soon bore 14. Imagine our delight! Experience teaches us that plants grow best with care and attention. We dig around them to loosen the soil and give the roots room to breathe; we feed the soil to strengthen the plant. We give water according to the plant’s needs and environment.
Imagine God is the gardener in Sunday’s Gospel. God desires our growth and for us to bear good fruit. It is the quality of our living, not the manner of our dying, that is important. We are invited, like Moses, to be more closely aware of the presence of God in each other, in the world, in the universe, to recognize the presence and wonder of God in this place and among us. This Lenten season reminds us that it is the fruit we bear — forgiveness, compassion, reconciliation, love — that gives witness to our discipleship.
Eucharist is the food and drink we need to grow and produce good fruit. Trusting in and giving thanks for God’s kindness and mercy, let us hear Jesus’ call to repentance today and recommit ourselves to a way of being and acting that results in life — life for all people and creation.
— Sr. Carmen Diston, IBVM
Exodus 3:1–8A, 13–15
Psalm 103:1–2, 3–4, 6–7, 8, 11
1 Corinthians 10:1–6, 10–12