Link to today’s readings: http://usccb.org/bible/readings/102514.cfm
Some people told Jesus about the Galileans whose blood Pilate had mingled with the blood of their sacrifices. He said to them in reply, “Do you think that because these Galileans suffered in this way they were greater sinners than all other Galileans? By no means! But I tell you, if you do not repent, you will all perish as they did! Or those eighteen people who were killed when the tower at Siloam fell on them–do you think they were more guilty than everyone else who lived in Jerusalem? By no means! But I tell you, if you do not repent, you will all perish as they did!”
And he told them this parable: “There once was a person who had a fig tree planted in his orchard, and when he came in search of fruit on it but found none, he said to the gardener, ‘For three years now I have come in search of fruit on this fig tree but have found none. So cut it down. Why should it exhaust the soil?’ He said to him in reply, ‘Sir, 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.’”
Jesus tells us to repent. In our time we are seeing martyrs and many dying for their faith. They are not guilty of anything but following the Lord. He has tried to cultivate our world with the seeds of His word, but do we pay any attention? Listen to His words, they are the truth, the truth we all need to heed.
Prayer: Heavenly Father, may I always listen to you and your words. Help me to help others hear your words and repent. In Jesus’ holy name, Amen.
Let us go rejoicing to the house of the Lord.