Homily — 3rd Sunday Lent C 3/7/10

Homily — 3rd Sunday Lent C 3/7/10

In the Gospel, an man who owned an orchard goes to one of his fig trees in order to pick ripe fruit off of it, but he finds the fig tree barren.

And just as that orchard owner expected that fig tree to be bearing fruit on it’s branches, so our Lord Jesus expects you and me to bear fruit in our lives.

At the Last Supper, he said to us He who abides in me will bear great fruit. And in Matthew 7 verse 16 Jesus says By their good fruits you shall know who is and who isn’t my disciple.

And these Good Fruits, St. Paul tells us in Galatians 5:22, are the Fruits of the Holy Spirit: Love, Joy, Peace, Patience, Long Suffering, Compassion, Generosity, Gentleness, Faith, Modesty, Self Control, and Chastity.

Too often however, Jesus comes to us and sees us bearing not these good fruits of the Holy Spirit but those rotten fruits of sin:

Instead of finding the good fruits of Love Joy and Peace, Jesus finds in us Hatred, Envy, and Discord.

Instead of finding us Patient and Long Suffering, Jesus finds us Impatient and Despairing.

Instead of finding us Compassionate, Generous, Gentle, and Faith-filled, He finds us Cold Hearted, Stingy, Rude, and Doubting.

Instead of seeing us being Modest in our words and dress, Self-Controlled in our eating and drinking, and Chaste in our thoughts and actions, Jesus sadly sometimes finds some of us being Indecent, Gluttonous, and Lustful in these areas.

In today’s Gospel, Christ warns us if we do not repent and bear good fruit, we will perish – disaster will befall us due to our sins.

For you and I to bear good fruit, we need to do the two things the Gardener did in the parable:

we first need to cultivate the ground by pulling up the weeds of sin which have been growing up in our soul, by making a good confession to a priest.

And secondly, we need to receive the fertilizer of Jesus’ forgiveness.

Confession doesn’t just root out sin in our souls, it also fertilizes our souls by pouring the Love of Jesus back into our hearts, so that we may once more bear fruit in the future.

Next Saturday, March 13, our parish will again have for the 6th Year in a row All Day Confessions, from 8:00 in the morning to 3:30 in the afternoon.

For 7 ½ hours, 2 to 5 priests will be available at all times to hear your confession.

In this week’s bulletin, we list the names of the fifteen priests and one bishop who will be here, what languages they speak (some speak French, Portugese, Polish, Spanish and Italian as well as English), and what times they will be hearing confessions in case you want to go to them. So cut it out and tape it to the Fridge so you won’t forget to come next Saturday.

The priest’s name will be posted on the confessional, and each of the five confessionals will have both a screen to kneel behind if you want to be anonymous, and a chair to sit in if you want to confess face to face.

Soothing Music will be playing in the Church all day during confessions, Signs will be posted showing exactly where to wait, and Written instructions will be available if you need it.

Also inserted into this week’s bulletin is a wonderful “Guide to Confession” which has everything you need to know about going to confession, including the Act of Contrition, and most importantly an examination of conscience which lists all the different sins we can fall into.

May we take the time this Lent to pull those weeds of sin out of our hearts by means of a good confession, so that our hearts might be fertilized by God’s grace, and once again bear fruit in abundance for Jesus.

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