Thought of the week
In our Gospel for today, Jesus is telling the people of the need to repent of their sins. Jesus tells us that if we don’t repent we end up being like the barren fig tree in the parable – we don’t produce any fruit – we remain stunted and nothing new or life giving is produced. Bearing fruit is important in the Christian life because it is a sign and an indicator that we are growing in the faith, what we call fruits of the Spirit.
What we learn from this story in Luke and the parable of the fig tree, is that Jesus is compassionate but not ‘wishy-washy’. He does challenge us in our sinful ways, but in a loving and compassionate way; rather like a loving friend or parent would do. The parable of the fig tree witnesses to the patience of God, with the lesson that there is still time for us to change from our sinful ways and with God’s help bear fruit before it is too late.
Pope Francis, in the document outlining the Year of Mercy, stated that: “…the season of Lent should be lived more intensely as a privileged moment to celebrate and experience God’s mercy.” We cannot experience personally the loving mercy of God without at some point going to the sacrament of penance and reconciliation.
When did you last go to confession? Please make use of all the opportunities that are being laid on for you to go to confession this Lent, particularly the parish reconciliation service on Monday 15 April at 7pm so that you can experience personally the loving mercy of God.
Fr Ross Bullock