This past week during Vacation Bible School I asked a group of middle schoolers, if you could have one super power what would it be? One girl said she wanted the power to look absolutely amazing every time she fell. The uniqueness of the answer made it one of my all-time favorites. But the more I thought about it, she was right. That really would be a good super power.
This morning’s reading about good trees bearing good fruit made me think about another question. If you could be a fruit, what kind of fruit would you be?
I know I wouldn’t want to be an orange. Oranges are too much work. You pick one up and it looks bright and delicious. Then you spend all that time peeling off the rind, orange juice getting all over your hands, only to find disappointment. The problem with oranges are you never know what you’re going to get when you peel it. Pomegranates are a lot of work, too. Grapes are a pretty straightforward fruit.
Jesus says, you will be known by the fruit you bear. What you feel in your heart matters very little if the world does not experience it. The words I share in these reflections are hollow if they are not modeled in some way during my daily life. It reminds me why St. Francis’ words are so important to me, “Preach the Gospel at all times, use words when necessary.”
Here’s the thing I like about Jesus. He grants us the super power of looking absolutely amazing when we fall. We are not always going to bear good fruit. Yet, even when we bear bad fruit, we are forgiven. Embracing forgiveness when our fruit is bad, can turn bad fruit good.