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Fruitlessness Brings Disaster

Mahal Mo ang Mahal ng Mahal Mo
October 25, 2020
The Hidden Power of the Word
October 27, 2020
PITIK-BULAG: Fruitlessness Brings Disaster
 
One of the mysteries of life is the suffering and dying of innocents. We cannot understand why God allows good people to suffer pain, miseries, and illnesses. This is the question posed by the crowd regarding the death of some Galileans in the hands of Pilate and the accident in Siloam tower that killed innocent people.
 
In facing the issue, Jesus ignores the question. Instead of replying to the question, “Why did God allow it?” He asks them, “What these things mean to you?” Which is a more relevant and life-defining question. He grabs the opportunity to teach the crowd to consider more important things – their spiritual life, especially the need for repentance and conversion.
 
This is happening to us now. We ask God, “Why did you allow COVID-19 in our midst?” Recognizing that many of the COVID victims are good people, we cannot comprehend God’s action or inaction for not protecting them. But we miss the point. This pandemic is telling us something. We are not good at reading the signs of the times: Everything is temporal. We are called to evaluate our priorities, lifestyles, and desires. We are invited to repent from our wicked ways and seek righteousness.
 
Jesus said, “Do you suppose that these Galileans were worse sinners than all other Galileans because they suffered such things? I tell you, no; but unless you repent you will all likewise perish. Or those eighteen on whom the tower in Siloam fell and killed them, do you think that they were worse sinners than all other men who dwelt in Jerusalem? I tell you, no; but unless you repent you will all likewise perish.”
 
Twice He repeated the words, “UNLESS YOU REPENT YOU WILL ALL LIKEWISE PERISH.” A soul-rendering reality that we need to consider in our life.
 
Immediately after replying to the crowd, Jesus tells them the parable of the fruitless fig tree to drive His point. He insists on the importance of saving our souls, and not just our physical bodies. For the time will come when God will demand an accounting of our life. He will ask a simple question, “Where is your fruit?”
 
God is not just a merciful God. He is also a God of justice. He gave us treasures, talents, and time. We are stewards of His blessings and He will come on the appointed time for an accounting. Are you ready to return everything to HIm with fruits or returns?
 
Here are some points for consideration from our gospel today.
 
1. GOD WILL COME TO CLAIM YOUR FRUITS. We don’t know when is His coming. But are you ready anytime to show some fruits or returns from all the gifts and blessings entrusted to you?
 
2. OUR GOD IS A GOD OF MANY CHANCES. The owner of the vineyard was disappointed for having nothing for three years. He decided to terminate the fig tree for good. But He was easily persuaded by the gardener to give him another chance. He will take all options to save the fig tree.
 
3. A GLIMPSE OF HOPE. The owner of the vineyard sees the caretaker’s desire to save the fig tree. He sees hope. He sets aside his years of frustrations. He stretches His patience and mercy. The gardener begs for MORE TIME AND ATTENTION and he gets it.
 
4. THE GARDENER IS CONFIDENT. If there is a desire, there is hope. If there is hope, there is confidence and trust. He made a proposal to cultivate and fertilize the soil.
 
5. LOOK AT THE BIGGER PICTURE OF THE PROBLEM. The problem is not just the fig tree’s failure to produce fruits. Maybe there is something wrong with the soil. Thus, he plans to cultivate the soil and put more fertilizers.
 
Sometimes, we tend to judge someone, without considering other factors of influence, like his environment, the way he was raised, and his background. Remember, it takes a village to form one human being.
 
6. BEWARE. THERE IS A FINAL CHANCE. God is not a God of bottomless chance. Yes, His mercy is enduring and everlasting. But He will still demand changes and transformation in our lives. God has given us countless opportunities to change our lives, but we are given one life to do it. So, let’s live our life well.
 
Fruitlessness brings disaster. Try cultivating and fertilizing your soul with good works, sacrifices, and loving people. It will bear fruit. Trust your heavenly instinct.
 
How old are you now? If the Lord will come to you now, any fruits to show?
 
– Fr. Willy M. Samson, SJ
 
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October 24, 2020 – Saturday
Gospel Reading: Luke 13: 1-9

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