At that very time there were some present who told him about the Galileans whose blood Pilate had mingled with their sacrifices. He asked them, “Do you think that because these Galileans suffered in this way they were worse sinners than all other Galileans? No, I tell you; but unless you repent, you will all perish as they did. Or those eighteen who were killed when the tower of Siloam fell on them—do you think that they were worse offenders than all the others living in Jerusalem? No, I tell you; but unless you repent, you will all perish just as they did.”
Then he told this parable: “A man had a fig tree planted in his vineyard; and he came looking for fruit on it and found none. So he said to the gardener, ‘See here! For three years I have come looking for fruit on this fig tree, and still I find none. Cut it down! Why should it be wasting the soil?’ He replied, ‘Sir, let it alone for one more year, until I dig around it and put manure on it. If it bears fruit next year, well and good; but if not, you can cut it down.’”
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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? [Luke 13: 7]
Sitting in prison for the crime of brokering peace during a politically motivated war, lawyer John Capistrano might have wondered if he was exhausting the soil of his current profession. When finally released, he switched professions, becoming a Franciscan priest renowned for his preaching. At times we find ourselves stagnant and unproductive in our present affairs. Time to make a change?
—Alice Camille, 2010: A Book of Grace-Filled Days © 2009 Loyola Press, Chicago IL. For more Ignatian spiritual resources from Loyola Press, please visit www.loyolapress.com
Lord, guide our thoughts so we can see the glass half full. While we acknowledge the challenges in our life, we ultimately have the freedom to choose happiness or sadness. We can surrender to facing life as the victim, or we can focus on what we have left, not on what we have lost. When we drift from a heart of gratitude, be quick to remind us of the many blessings that fill our days. And if we are called to make a change at home, work, or in our personal life, may we be supported by those who speak the truth to us with courage and consideration.
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