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Two Seemingly Random Tragedies
Two recent tragedies were on people's minds. Pilate had ordered the
massacre of some Galileans who had come to Jerusalem to offer sacrifices
in the temple. And eighteen people had been killed when a tower at
Siloam fell on them. Jesus comments that the victims of these tragedies
were no greater sinners than other people were.
The Fig Tree & the Gospel of Repentance
Jesus explains his meaning in a parable: The “fig tree” is Israel, God’s
beloved chosen people (Jer 8:13; Hos 9:10). For three years, Jesus was
in their midst, proving in every possible way that He was the Messiah,
for whom they longed. The hard-hearted did not bear the “fruit” of faith
in Him. He preached a Gospel of repentance, but they did not believe
they needed it.
By telling a parable about a barren fig tree, Jesus emphasizes the point
that there is still time for repentance. When Jesus responded to what
people told him about the sins of others with a firm exhortation to
repent, he gave us an important and helpful warning about our own lives.
Are We Bearing Fruit?
Our work - most especially in this period of Lent - is to determine if
we ourselves are bearing fruit. It is not for us to do inventory on the
fruit of the other "trees". If we, like “some people” in the Gospel
story don’t think that we need to repent, we immediately place ourselves
at the top of the list of the people who do. This Lent, let us keep our
focus where it needs to be; on our sins to bring us to repentance, and
not on the sins of others.
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Another eventful week in our Catholic World. Have a great and blessed new week.
Keep the Faith. Peace.
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