Therefore I tell you, the kingdom of God will be taken away from you and given to a people that produces the fruits of the kingdom.” vs. 43Matthew 21:42-46
The scribes and the high priests may not have gotten the point when Jesus told the parable of the unjust tenants, but they had no doubts about his interpretation. As he had many times in his ministry, he makes it plain that God doesn’t care a fig about our fine theologies and traditions, or even our Sabbath activities. God simply doesn’t care about religion or religious people. All those externals are nothing but a pious show! What God cares about is fruit, fruits that befit repentance, and where those fruits are present God is pleased. And what are those fruits? Again the gospel is clear! We are called to care for the least and the lost wherever we encounter them. Our ministry is to the homeless and the hungry, the refugees and the asylum seekers–all those people who society forgets and marginalizes we are to remember and serve. Paul tells us that the fruit of the spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, gentleness and self-control. These are the attributes that will be seen among us as we reach out to the lost and lonely with tender mercy and generous hearts. And where these things are happening, no matter who is doing them, the Divine Presence rejoices.
Thought for the Day: What is God seeing in my faith community?