Friday of the 2nd week of Lent

Theme: What type of fruit are you bearing?

In today’s gospel reading, the parable of the vineyard that was given by Jesus shows that we are all expected to bear good fruits. That is why Jesus sent his servants to the tenants to get the fruits; he knew they were supposed to have some fruits for him. This simply shows that God expects that as his children, we have all it takes to bear good fruits in our lives; taking into consideration what God has giving to us as his children. Every one of us has his own gift that God has given us, the big question today is, how we are using our gifts. Our gifts are different, but they are all good enough to bear good fruit if we make adequate use of them. This is very important, instead of worrying ourselves about the gifts and blessings of other people. Just appreciate what you have and make good use of it, and you will be surprised at the wonderful fruits you will produce.

My brothers and sisters in Christ, this is one of the challenges we see in today’s 1st reading between Joseph and his brothers, they were jealous and angry against their brother Joseph. They were angry that their father loved him more than his other children and also the fact that Josephs dream places him above them. Jealousy is evil and destructive; it does not give room for love, peace, unity and growth. By trying to destroy Joseph, they were simply contributing towards the actualization of Josephs dream. When God is for us, who can be against us? We must never fight a battle that is dead from the very beginning. God knows us true and true, and has deposited enough in each one of us, that will help us bear fruits when properly used. Stop worrying about the fruits other people are bearing and concentrate on yourself to bear good fruits that you will be proud of as a child of God.

Dearly beloved in Christ, God is not man and does not make mistakes. Trust in God and in the gifts he has given you, and there will be no need to be jealous of the fruits other people are bearing. May God grant us the grace to trust in God’s process and be fruitful. Peace be with you.


Friday of the 2nd week of Lent, by Fr. Jude Ifeanyi Ifezime, C.S.Sp