Link to today’s readings: http://usccb.org/bible/readings/102216.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.’”
If we do not repent – or produce good fruit – we will perish. We will not attain eternal life, but eternal damnation. What we do in this life must produce the fruit of the Lord’s work. What have you done for the Lord?
Prayer: Heavenly Father, may the work I do for you provide a harvest of souls for your eternal Kingdom. Living with you for eternity is my goal and I pray it is for others too, in Jesus’ holy name, Amen.
Let us go rejoicing to the house of the Lord.