Every good tree bears good fruit, and a rotten tree bears bad fruit. By their fruits you will know them. These are the words of our Divine Lord. Is Jesus talking about horticulture? No. He is talking about the spiritual life, using a tree as a metaphor for a human being, and the fruit of the tree for human actions.
So, what kind of tree are you? I hope that you are, and correctly call yourself, a good tree. But if you are, then you must prove it by the fruit you bear. What are you doing today to give evidence of your goodness? Have you done, or will you do, things that will prove your goodness? Well, what CAN you do in that regard?
You can pray. Prayer is one of the noblest of all human activities and lies at the basis of all spiritual well-being. You can perform your duties as well as possible, so that what you do will reflect the quality of your personality. No employer wants slipshod employees in his business, but rather people who always do their best. You can look around and observe others, asking yourself: how can I help them? What can I do to improve their situation and, by doing that, to improve myself as well? What contribution can I make to the little world in which I live to make it a better world for those who live in it? You can try to learn something new today. You can look deeply at the world around you and praise God for its beauty and its design and its usefulness to us.
Christ our Lord calls you a tree, and wants you to be a good tree, a tree that bears good fruit. Well, don’t just sit there putting forth a bunch of leaves so that people will think you’re pretty. Start producing! Thank you for seeking God’s truth. God bless you. Father Victor Brown. O.P.
Note: This message was composed some years ago