In this reflection for the Eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time 2022, Fr. Erik Arnold encourages us to bring the wounded parts of our hearts that come out during times of stress and tribulation to him, to ask for healing so that we may bear good fruit in our lives.
Jesus tells us that whatever is on the inside is going to come out. Whatever is deep in our heart will eventually come out. It’s like a tree: it may look healthy but you eventually know for sure when it produces fruit. If a tree is really healthy it’s going to produce good fruit.
So when things come out of our hearts that we don’t like, things that aren’t loving toward God and neighbor–bring that to Jesus and ask him to heal those parts of your heart. Don’t ignore them. Don’t get discouraged by them. Just keep bringing them to Jesus so he can heal you.
You are meant to live life to the full, and that starts with encountering and responding to the Lord. He has great plans for us, and it is only in a relationship with Him that we can truly become who we were created to be!
But how do we encounter Him, and how do we respond? It’s all as unique and personal as you are, and it’s built into the way He created you. Come and see.
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Fr. Erik Arnold
Rev. Arnold was ordained a priest for the Archdiocese of Baltimore in 1999 and serves as pastor at St. John the Evangelist, Maryland. He earned a Licentiate in Sacred Theology from the Pontifical Gregorian University and is ChristLife's liaison to Archbishop William Lori of Baltimore. He has served as a speaker for ChristLife, an evangelization ministry in Maryland.