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Eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time – Feb. 27, 2022

Bishop’s Reflections

February 27, 2022

Every Sunday, Bishop Edward Malesic writes a Scripture reflection for the faithful. Follow the bishop on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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Eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time – Feb. 27, 2022

Jesus gives some practical wisdom today. He says, “A good tree does not bear rotten fruit, nor does a rotten tree bear good fruit. For every tree is known by its own fruit.”

What are the fruits we should look for when deciding whether to follow a particular person or be engaged with a particular movement? I think a good idea is to look for the presence of the fruits of the Holy Spirit. They are listed by Saint Paul in his Letter to the Galatians 5:22-23: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control.

Those who exhibit these fruits have a solid foundation. Those are the people we should listen to, imitate, and keep company with. This also means that we should be very careful when approached by persons who do not exhibit at least some of the good fruit that comes from the Holy Spirit.

As we begin to turn toward Lent, we must examine ourselves. What is the good fruit that we bear to others? And if there is any rotten fruit hanging from our spiritual limbs, how can we strengthen our souls to produce something that is more pleasing to God and those we are called to serve in love?

Have a blessed week everyone — and know of my prayers for you as we begin the holy season of Lent this Wednesday. May it be a transformative time for all of us.

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