Vineyard of Heavenly Fruits

by Sr. Juliemarie McDonald, SND on 10/02/2014

in Ordinary Time

Twenty-seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time–Cycle A
October 5, 2014

“Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is gracious, if there is any excellence and if anything is worthy of praise, think about these things.”
(Philippians 4:8)

Vineyard of Heavenly Fruits

Vintage time of our souls has fallen upon us.
Time now to harvest the fruits of our souls.
Time now to check up on our “whatever’s.”
We gather the fruits of our spirits, seeded by the Holy Spirit, to set at the throne of God.
Our baskets of “whatever’s,” are sown in the vineyards of lives lived for the Lord.

We protected our vines with watchtowers of God’s laws.
We tilled the hardened soil of our heart souls.
We watered the vines with the tears of pains and sorrows.
We weeded out the wild grapes.

Now at harvest time, we rejoice and praise our generous God.
Now we thank God for choosing us.
“You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you so that you might go and bear fruit–fruit that will last–and so that whatever you ask in my name the Father will give you.” (John 15:16)

For Reflection and Sharing:

  1. Which fruit of the Holy Spirit needs a bit of pruning?
  2. Why must God always be a Gardner in the vineyard of your soul?
  3. When do you take time to check up on your life’s “whatever’s?”
  4. What kind of tenants do you want to help in your vineyard?
  5. What are the kinds of things that put your vineyard in jeopardy?
  6. What kind of ministry is God calling you to bring forth fruits that last?

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