Gospel Reflection for February 28, 2016, 3rd Sunday of Lent

23 Feb
Photo via Flickr user Nate Angell

Photo via Flickr user Nate Angell

Sunday Readings: Exodus 3.1-8, 13-15; 1 Corinthians 10.1-6, 10-12; Luke 13.1-9

“For three years now I have come looking for figs on this tree and found none. Cut it down. Why should it take up space?”

(Luke 13.7)

Jesus’ parable of the fig tree reveals God’s hope and compassion for people. The gardener who cares for each tree pleads for more time and more care. A little more hoeing and fertilizing. Maybe it will bear fruit. In announcing the Jubilee Year of Mercy, Pope Francis begins, “Jesus Christ is the face of the Father’s mercy.”

Mercy lives visibly in Jesus. As we journey with Jesus to Jerusalem this Lent, Sunday’s gospel calls us to cultivate our capacity to show mercy, to love and care for one another, to abound in kindness as God does toward us.

What or whom will you give one more chance to bear fruit in your life? What special care will this require?

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