Reflection on Luke 13:1-9 ~
God has given me numerous chances to allow grace to transform who I am so that there may be fruit from His will. In hindsight, I can see that the numerous missed opportunities to do so still outnumber the successes. However, I have come to understand that a constant attempt at forward movement is what really matters. This knowledge carries the responsibility to be present any second for others. The mark and sign of having our soul enriched as the gardener did with the fig tree is fruit.
Luke 13 New Revised Standard Version Catholic Edition (NRSVCE)
Repent or Perish
13 At that very time there were some present who told him about the Galileans whose blood Pilate had mingled with their sacrifices. 2 He asked them, “Do you think that because these Galileans suffered in this way they were worse sinners than all other Galileans? 3 No, I tell you; but unless you repent, you will all perish as they did. 4 Or those eighteen who were killed when the tower of Siloam fell on them—do you think that they were worse offenders than all the others living in Jerusalem? 5 No, I tell you; but unless you repent, you will all perish just as they did.”
The Parable of the Barren Fig Tree
6 Then he told this parable: “A man had a fig tree planted in his vineyard; and he came looking for fruit on it and found none. 7 So he said to the gardener, ‘See here! For three years I have come looking for fruit on this fig tree, and still I find none. Cut it down! Why should it be wasting the soil?’ 8 He replied, ‘Sir, let it alone for one more year, until I dig around it and put manure on it. 9 If it bears fruit next year, well and good; but if not, you can cut it down.’”
Thank you for meditating on this Gospel reading and considering this meditation on Luke 13:1-9.