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<< Friday, May 28, 1999 >>
Sirach 44:1, 9-13
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Psalm 149 Mark 11:11-26
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"He went over to see if He could find anything on it."  —Mark 11:13

Jesus "inspected everything" in the Temple precincts (Mk 11:11). He was inspecting the spiritual fruit of the Temple worship. This is indicated by the fact that between visits to the Temple, Jesus inspected a fig tree and cursed it for not bearing fruit (Mk 11:14). Because it is the most important thing in the world to bear fruit by leading people to Jesus and by receiving the fruit of holiness (see Gal 5:22-23), Jesus is a strict Fruit-Inspector. Usually, we must bear fruit always no matter what the season, or we will be cursed, dead, and withered to our roots (Mk 11:20). But sometimes the Lord will give us a little more time to bear fruit (Lk 13:7-9) before we are cut down or cut off to be thrown into the fire (Jn 15:6).

To bear fruit, we must simply live in Jesus and He in us (Jn 15:5). Then the Holy Spirit will produce in us the fruit of holiness (Gal 5:22-23). As a result, holy people lift up Jesus and thereby produce the fruit of evangelization as Jesus draws all people to Himself (Jn 12:32). As these holy evangelizers die more deeply to themselves, they produce even more abundant fruit (Jn 12:24).

Give Jesus joy as He inspects your holy harvest of souls.

Prayer: Father, I will sow the tears of repentance and reap in joy (see Ps 126:5).
Promise: "These also were godly men whose virtues have not been forgotten; their wealth remains in their families, their heritage with their descendants." —Sir 44:10-11
Praise:  Jim, a psychiatrist, donates half of his working hours to a Christian counseling group. He imitates Jesus as he ministers to the brokenhearted and gives liberty to those in bondage (see Lk 4:18).
Nihil obstat: Reverend Ralph J. Lawrence, October 9, 1998
Imprimatur: †Most Reverend Carl K. Moeddel, Vicar General and Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, October 17, 1998
The Nihil obstat and Imprimatur are a declaration that a book or pamphlet is considered to be free from doctrinal or moral error. It is not implied that those who have granted the Nihil obstat and Imprimatur agree with the contents, opinions, or statements expressed.
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