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March 20, 2022

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DG BookGospel: Luke 13:1-9
One day, some people told Jesus what had occurred in the temple: Pilate had had Galileans killed, and their blood mingled with the blood of their
sacrifices. Jesus asked them, “Do you think that these Galileans were worse sinners than all other Galileans, because they suffered this? No,
I tell you. But unless you change your ways, you will all perish, as they did. And those eighteen persons in Siloah, who were crushed when the

tower fell, do you think they were more guilty than all the others in Jerusalem? I tell you: no. But unless you change your ways, you will all perish, as they did.”
And Jesus continued, “A man had a fig tree growing in his vineyard, and he came looking for fruit on it, but found none. Then he said to the gardener, ‘Look here,
for three years now I have been looking for figs on this tree, and I have found none. Cut it down, why should it continue to deplete the soil?’ The gardener replied,
‘Leave it one more year, so that I may dig around it and add some fertilizer; perhaps it will bear fruits from now on. But if it doesn’t, you can cut it down.’”

 

Reflection:

 

What exactly was a fig tree doing in a vineyard? And, what
would a stammering murderer Moses do in Egypt for the people of
God? There might be times you look at your life and wonder why on earth
you are where you are, and feel like a square peg in a round hole. Doesn’t
matter. If the Lord of Life—I Am Who Am—has planted you where you
are, He has given you the grace to fulfill your life’s mission. A fig tree
does not need much manure, but the gardener is gracious enough
to provide extra care. Our task is to respond to grace and be fruitful.
As Paul reminds the Romans, God’s kindness is intended to lead us to
fruits of repentance (cf. Rom. 2:4).

 

 

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