February 28, 2021
As Fr. John Mary reflects on the story of Abraham and God’s promise of His fruitfulness, we must realize that the fruitfulness that God wants us to bear, as with Abraham, only comes from union with God.
- Jesus wants us to have a life which bears fruit which will last for all eternity, beyond all human limits.
- Fruitfulness doesn’t come from natural abilities, but it can only come from God.
- Our very own trials and sacrifices that seem to destroy our fruitfulness, is what leads us to a union with God and divine fruitfulness.
- Abraham’s trust in God to bring Isaac back from the dead was a symbol and sign of the resurrection of Jesus to come.
- The path to eternal divine faithfulness comes from responding in trust, faith, obedience and abandonment to God.
- Only after death did St. Therese’s fruitfulness bear fruit.
From the beginning, when God created Adam and Eve, He said, “Be fruitful and multiply.” Abraham waited for a lifetime to receive the fruitfulness from the Lord to have a son. Then he was put to the test as God asked him to sacrifice Isaac, but God intervened and sent an angel to stop Abraham at the last moment. God is teaching him that his fruitfulness will come precisely through the trials, which lead him to faith and obedience to God.
What God did not ask Abraham to complete, He completed, offering His beloved Son, the Lamb of God, the lamb of sacrifice for us. Jesus says, “I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, bears much fruit.” God wants us to be infinitely, abundantly, eternally fruitful and that fruitfulness, this divine fruitfulness, comes from Him and not from our human efforts alone, but from our union with Him.