October 25, 2014

The Gospel Today

Saturday of the Twenty-ninth Week in Ordinary Time

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.’”

Reflection (Sem. Randy Buquis):

The Gospel today is inviting me to grow in the virtue of patience. This shows when the gardener is still hoping that the fig tree may bear fruit in the future after cultivating the ground and fertilizing it. This can also describe how God deals with those who do not immediately comply with the call of God’s Kingdom. Everybody is given a chance until the end. For St Paul, God’s patient kindness is an opportunity for our conversion.

I believe that there is a specific time, place for everything I want if I will consider the things happening to me in relation to the purposeful action of God. In our spiritual direction class, we were able to discuss that all our actions are part of God’s intention for His one action. God always intervenes in our actions.  Sometimes what saddens me is when I failed to recognize how God is working in my life. Likewise, one of the reasons which is highlight based on my experience is my own resistances.

The Gospel today posits me the question, “am I patient with others as God is patient with me?” I admit that sometimes I am impatient with others and also with myself. I remember one saying that goes “if you light a little lamp in the dark, however small, its flame might give hope to somebody living in darkness.” I believe every one of us can share and make a difference in the lives of others because we all have the seed of goodness in each one of us. Sometimes we just forget it. Thus, we just need to reclaim and culture it and shape its fruit to others

Like in the Gospel, the patience of God is manifested as He invites us to repent. Moreover, repentance begins when we first accept that we are sinners in need of God’s merciful love. Acceptance leads to acknowledge our failings, open ourselves to the truth and be reconciled to God and to the rest of the Church.

In our day, the command to “repent” sometimes feels like a judgment that we are all guilty. But let us remember that to repent is to feel sorry for a past action and even to be inspired to change once we realize the error of our ways. According to Latin dictionary, the word “pent” comes from the same latin root as the word penitent, meaning to feel sorry or sorrow.

The Gospel today is inviting me to seek forgiveness from the Lord and to those when I offended and to change my actions. It is pushing me to make a new way, which is directed towards Jesus. To repent is not just to feel that I am guilty for my own mistakes and sins but an avenue for me to choose a new path, a new direction.

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