Link to today’s readings: http://www.usccb.org/bible/readings/022816-third-sunday-lent.cfm
Some people told Jesus about the Galileans whose blood Pilate had mingled with the blood of their sacrifices. Jesus 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.’”
The Word of God has been planted in you many times. Has it born fruit? Have you listened but not nurtured or fed it or has it lain in fallow ground? When you do not feed it the Word will not bear fruit. When it does not bear fruit, your soul is empty and dead. Are you willing to bear fruit or are you content to lie fallow?
Prayer: Heavenly Father, your word is planted in my heart. Your love has nurtured and fed it until it has blossomed into the fruit of your work. In Jesus’ holy name, Amen.
The Lord is kind and merciful.