Work for the Harvest
Wednesday of the Third Week in Ordinary Time
Today I will offer up a small sacrifice to ask God for the grace of acquiring the virtue that I need the most.
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Wednesday of the Third Week of
Lord, I want to spend these moments close to you. I believe that you are here with me.
Take over my life more and more and make it what it was meant to be. Lord, I put my trust in
Jesus, make the soil of my heart open to your word, so that
it will bear fruit for eternal life.
1. Beware of the Thieves:
What the Father
has planted in our lives is good. Goodness can bear fruit. But Christ has shown us that there is
someone who does not want us to bear fruit. The devil tries to take goodness from our lives through
enticing us with evil, filling our hearts with selfishness, and making us insensitive to the
movements of grace in our soul. We need to renounce Satan every day by fixing our will on the
goodness of Christ. This is done through sincere prayer and generosity of spirit.
The strength of our resolve is tested by the difficulties we face. If we go deeper in
our prayer each day and build up the habit of letting go of our own ego, we can face the bad times
with peace and trust. When our spiritual roots are not deep, we find ourselves disoriented, even
defeated by the tribulations that are part of an authentic Christian life. Christ teaches us to dig
deep. With him as our friend, difficulties become a way to show our love and to do something that
has eternal value. If I don't fight, how can I merit a crown of victory?
3. Fruit in
In order to bear fruit we must be docile to God's word. But being docile does not
mean being passive. For a Christian, docility to Christ and the Holy Spirit means willingness to
work and serve. We are followers of the One who came to serve. The Spirit that is self surrender
moves us. To hear the Word of God and accept it means to make our lives an imitation of Christ's
total self giving day in and day out. God will grant fruit to our lives if we are willing to be
other Christs in the here and now.
Conversation with Christ:
Lord, thank you for
showing me how to bear fruit in my life.
I want to imitate your self-surrender to the
Father and to souls.
I know that this requires a constant effort to go deep in my
life and be docile to the Holy Spirit. Help me to live as a giver,
taker. Your love will always be there to accompany me.
will offer up a small sacrifice to ask God for the grace of acquiring the virtue that I need the
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