Gospel – 10/24/20 – Luke 13:1-9
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.’”
Remember to whom the author of Luke is preaching. These are Gentiles, new to the Gospels. They don’t understand the idea of one God. They have many gods and each god has their area of life to attend.
Today, they hear about a God who provides – but looks for a return. He will not wait forever for us to bear fruit.
Jesus is the gardener who asks for more time for us to realize and make changes.
Jesus will wait on us.
Remember his parable of the separating the sheep from the goats – good from the bad?
The love of Jesus is so great.
The story is told of his love.
When all the good are in Heaven and St Peter is closing the gate, he notices Jesus outside the Gate.
Peter asks, “Jesus, why are you outside the gate?”
Jesus replies, “I’m waiting for Judas.”
The Gardener never loses his love – he will wait for us.
At least that’s what I heard Him say…