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Fruit in due season

Fruit in due season

Today at Mass we are treated to the first psalm, which begins, ‘Happy indeed is the man who follows not the counsel of the wicked’.  We have reflected on the opening two verses before (here), so today, let’s look more closely at the third verse.



He is like a tree that is planted
Beside the flowing waters,
That yields its fruit in due season
And whose leaves shall never fade;
And all that he does shall prosper.

When we plant a tree, we do so in the knowledge that it is a long-term investment – ‘pears for your heirs’.  We plant and tend the tree, trusting that it will bear fruit but knowing that we may never pick it ourselves.

The blessed man of Psalm One is rooted in the Lord, not looking for any quick fix of happiness, but committed to Him for the long haul, with eyes on his eternal goal, trusting that his life will bear ‘fruit in due season’.  As the tree is fed through its roots by the abundant flowing waters, so too does the blessed man draw his strength from The Source through his hidden life of faith.  As St Paul says, ‘true, I am living here and now this mortal life, but my real life is the faith I have in the Son of God‘ (Gal 2:20).

We need to trust the Lord like that – we must persevere in our Christian lives without looking for any reward now, but with well-founded hope and the quiet confidence that comes from knowing that the Lord keeps His promises.


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