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In the Gospel passage from St. Luke, we read about some disturbing current events at the time of Jesus. A group of pilgrims in Jerusalem were killed by Pilate as they were attempting to make sacrifices to God. Another group of 18 people were killed by a falling tower in Siloam. Jesus said that all of these persons were dead not because they were worse sinners than those who had survived but it’s just that life happens like that. Tragedies occur. Still, Jesus used the occasion of an un-timely death to make the point that unless we repent of our sins, we will all meet tragic results at the very end. Jesus gives repentance of our sinfulness a sense of urgency. We don’t know the day nor the hour when the Lord will come to judge us. He said, “But I tell you, if you do not repent, you will all perish as they did!”
Then Jesus added the parable of the fig tree that was unproductive. After three years of life without fruit, the orchard owner said to the gardener “Cut it down,” but the gardener, a much more patient man, said to the owner, “Leave it for this year also, and I shall cultivate the ground around it and fertilize it; it may bear fruit in the future. If not you can cut it down.”
The time that we have is a gift from God to allow him to continue to nurture us so that we might produce fruit. The Lord is patient with us, but still, we do not last forever. We need to remember the words that we use at the beginning of Lent. “Repent and believe in the Good News.” This is not a call to change later. It is a call to change now. We can use the gift of time to become better disciples of the Lord.
Have a blessed week everyone.