Link to today’s readings: http://usccb.org/bible/readings/102415.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.’”
Death is the consequence of sin, and without repentance it will happen. Do not be like the fig tree that does not bear fruit. Be like the gardener who will fertilize and water the tree. Feed and water your soul with the word of God and do not let it lie fallow. The Lord created us to bear fruit, not be arid and dry.
Prayer: Heavenly Father, may I always bear fruit for you and share it with others, just as the tree bears it’s fruit for all. In Jesus’ holy name, Amen.
Lord, this is the people that longs to see your face.