Are you bearing fruit?

Faith is not just about an intellectual act of believing. Faith is the total immersion of ourselves — our intellect, our bodies, our souls, and our hearts.

In today’s Gospel reading, Jesus tells the chief priests and elders of the people who followed the law and commandments to the letter:

“Therefore, I say to you, the kingdom of God will be taken away from you and given to a people that will produce its fruit.” — Matthew 21:43

Faith is not just about an intellectual act of believing. Faith is the total immersion of ourselves — our intellect, our bodies, our souls, and our hearts.

If we truly have faith, then our faith will bear fruit in our lives. If we truly have faith, then we will not only love God, but also love our neighbors as ourselves as Jesus commanded.

Unlike the chief priests and the elders who only knew God in their minds, but not in their hearts, let us love God by also loving our true brothers and sisters from the same family of God.

As St. John wrote in his epistle, we love God the invisible God by loving our neighbors who are visible:

“No one has ever seen God. Yet, if we love one another, God remains in us, and his love is brought to perfection in us.” — 1 John 4:12

Do you have faith? What are you doing to bear fruit?