Blessed Is the Fruit of Thy Womb!

Matthew 7:18-20

A sound tree cannot bear evil fruit, nor can a bad tree bear good fruit. Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. Thus you will know them by their fruits.

This passage is both intended and read “spiritually.”  That is, we know Jesus is not talking about horticulture.  He is talking about spiritual fruits.  However, it is all too common for us to think “spiritual=disembodied.”  Mary proves this wrong.  Her good fruit (which was, as it is with all of us, a gift of God) was supremely real, tangible and embodied.  In her, the Word became, not a metaphor, or an idea, or another word, but flesh.  It is for us to likewise enflesh the word of God in what we do, say, and think. It is for us to bear good fruit as Mary did by bringing into the world another saint conformed to Christ’s image.

Mark Shea


Mark P. Shea is a popular Catholic writer and speaker. The author of numerous books, his most recent work is The Work of Mercy (Servant) and The Heart of Catholic Prayer (Our Sunday Visitor). Mark contributes numerous articles to many magazines, including his popular column “Connecting the Dots” for the National Catholic Register. Mark is known nationally for his one minute “Words of Encouragement” on Catholic radio. He also maintains the Catholic and Enjoying It blog and regularly blogs for National Catholic Register. He lives in Washington state with his wife, Janet, and their four sons.

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