Bear Fruit

May 20, 2022

Each day, I reflect upon a word or phrase from the readings of the day. I encourage you to do the same and perhaps incorporate that word or phrase into your daily prayer.

It was not you who chose me, but I who chose you and appointed you to go and bear fruit that will remain… (John 15:12-17)

BEAR FRUIT: What does it mean to “bear fruit”? We bear fruit when we build up the Church.

The readings of the entire Easter season are focused on the apostles’ effort to share the good news, the joy of the Resurrection. Their actions allowed for the building up of the Church, with the number of Christians growing from those eleven men to the 2.3 billion believers in the world today.

The apostles were sent out to bear fruit, to grow the Church. They did this by sharing their personal experience of the Risen Christ.

All Christians have that same responsibility.

So, what can we do about it? Well, for starters, we can take the directive from today’s gospel seriously. We can bear fruit by growing the church.

The manner in which we do this will be different than it was for the original apostles, but the bottom line is the same – we share our experience of Christ. We tell our story. We share with others the awe and wonder of God’s presence in our lives.

God is active in our lives. He elicits a sense of awe and wonder for us. In our hearts, we know God is still relevant. We believe He is still important to people and truly impacts their lives.

The problem is, we don’t share our experiences. We keep them to ourselves, as if we are not allowed to talk about them. We need to have those conversations; we need to LEAD those conversations.

It is those conversations that will bear fruit and build up the Church.

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