Sunday, March 3, 2013

Third Sunday of Lent:“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.” (Luke 13: 8-9)

This parable reveals all of God’s patience and His will for our salvation. The owner had a fig tree planted in his orchard that had stopped giving fruit. He wanted to cut it down but the gardener interceded and proposed caring for it and fertilizing it for a time. If it did not then bear fruit, it would be cut down.

The lesson is evident. The owner is God the Father who renders our actions their due. The gardener is Jesus Himself. In fact, His mission is that of interceding for us with His Father. His paschal mystery obtains mercy for us.

God is not permissive. However, He shows us the measureless patience of His love. His waiting urges us to make the right choices, choices of human-Christian perseverance in our daily life.

Today in my pause for silent contemplation, I will ask Jesus to help me use well the time God gives me to love Him more and serve Him better.

Lord, help me to marvel more and more at Your Love shown in Your divine patience. Do not allow me to abuse it. Help me to draw upon it with courage, vivified by Your love, and in the confidence that with You I will bear fruit.

The Voice of Luc de Clapiers de Vauvenargues, French Thinker

Patience is the art of hoping.

- Living Scripture