Third Week of Lent
Jesus told them this parable: ‘A man had a fig tree planted in his vineyard and he came looking for fruit on it but found none. He said to the man who looked after the vineyard, “Look here, for three years now I have been coming to look for fruit on this fig tree and finding none. Cut it down: why should it be taking up the ground?” “Sir,” the man replied “leave it one more year and give me time to dig round it and manure it: it may bear fruit next year; if not, then you can cut it down.” ‘ Verses taken from Luke 13:1-9.
God calls each one of us but are we listening?
In the readings at Mass this coming weekend we shall see a clear picture of what our loving God is like. He is a powerful, yet personal God, who is intimately aware of our lives and circumstances. He is also a God of mercy, a quality of the Lord which we are asked to reflect on and ponder in order to make this personal for ourselves during this Lenten Season. We need to merciful to others and also to ourselves!
As we continue on our Lenten journey we are asked to examine our lives in detail. We are to be zealous in our approach to examining our consciences – is our life a fruitful or a barren fig tree? The man who owns the fig tree in the vineyard is the Lord, the fig tree is our lives and if we are feeling barren, dry and stale in our faith we are to become more serious in our walk with Jesus especially during this Holy Season of prayer, fasting and charitable giving.
We must begin digging round our roots – breaking up the stale unused ground and fertilizing ourselves spiritually. We can do this by going to Mass, spending quality time in daily prayer with the Lord, going to Confession, going to Adoration of the Lord in the Eucharist, reading the Scriptures and the lives of the Saints, serving others and living our lives in a way which not only pleases the Lord by the way we speak, think and act, but which brings Him glory for He alone is worth of all our praise.
Our prayer this week:
We thank you that You are slow to anger and are rich in mercy.
Help us to come to You for healing and forgiveness with great confidence in Your welcoming love.
Change us, renew us and equip us for Your service during this Lent and always.
In the Name of Jesus Christ Our Lord we pray.