Scripture

Matthew 12:33-35

33 “Make a tree good and its fruit will be good, or make a tree bad and its fruit will be bad, for a tree is recognized by its fruit. 34 You brood of vipers, how can you who are evil say anything good? For the mouth speaks what the heart is full of.35 A good man brings good things out of the good stored up in him, and an evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in him.

 

Reflection

I am not naturally inclined to lead a still life. I feel a strong sense of responsibility for my family, work, friends, and the calling God has placed on my life. I am also an education junkie! I love to learn and grow, so I am always taking on a new challenge. This keeps me always thinking, doing, striving… always busy. And it can leave my home, my car, my mind, and my soul - cluttered. Thankfully, I am aware I have this problem. So I make effort to say “no” when necessary. I prioritize my time. I set aside time occasionally to de-clutter my physical spaces like my car and home. I set aside time to de-clutter my soul. For me, this means I have to find time to be still. Completely still.

This is no easy task and I still struggle to find stillness in my mind and soul. But it is soooooo worth it! Because friends, the soul is what gives us real and true life. It is the place where we find our true selves and it is the wellspring of love, faith, patience and all the other “fruits” we wish to bare. If our soul is cluttered with emotions, thoughts and hurriedness, we are fresh out of the good stuff. There is no room for the good stuff to grow in that cluttered soil. Instead, weeds will thrive and God will be shut out. And unfortunately or fortunately, depending on how you see it, one cannot fake their soul. What is in the soul will seep out eventually. If your soul is a breeding ground for weeds, those weeds will win out over the fruits and flowers.

Find time to be still and de-clutter your soul. Ask God to remind you of the fruit He wants you to grow and ask God to plant the seeds of that fruit today. 

Prayer

Holy One, we are grateful for the resurrection we celebrated this week. We live in awe of your goodness and your greatness. Help us not move on from this Holy season, but live instead as Easter people, driven by the love and grace of Christ. Shape our souls, feed our spirit, and guide us with your Holy Spirit. In the name of the risen Christ, Amen.