Gospel Reflection for Sunday March 20,2022 The Parable of the Barren Fig Tree

Some people told Jesus about the Galileans
whose blood Pilate had mingled with the blood of their sacrifices.
Jesus 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.’”

Jesus came For Us All!
In today’s Gospel, Jesus asks all to repent. The Divine Mercy of the Lord is for all in the world. Nothing is beyond the Lord’s Divine Mercy! The Gospel is the Lord’s call to repentance, which is a change of heart. A turn toward the Lord. The Mercy of our Lord is never ending. It is the Lord who calls us all to Him. The Parable of the fig tree is about Israel, and yet is also a message for every generation. The tree who represents Israel, and the person who had a fig tree represents God. The Gardner is our Lord. It is through the Lord’s Graces and Mercy, the Good News (which is the Gospels!), and the Compassion and Love of our Lord that cultivates our hearts. Nourishes and strengthens our hearts as we act on the Living Word of our Lord. Jesus tells the Heavenly Father, that in His appointed time, as He is with us, the Holy Spirit will help to speak to the fig tree, (which is Israel but also, all of us!) As Jesus’ ministry on Earth was three years, Jesus longs for those who may not receive His Living Word to act upon HIs Living Word. Jesus sends us to share His Gospels and to act on His Living Word today. It is through HIs Mercy that we answered the Call of the Lord to share His Living Word with others and with all that we meet. As we act on the Living Word, this is what shapes us, strengthens us and always welcomes us to a closer and holy walk with our Lord.
Jesus is welcoming all to receive Him in the Eucharist, to Baptize all nations (and ourselves, our families!), to come to Him in Reconciliation-where all receive the Divine Mercy of our Lord, and to receive an installment of His Holy Spirit in both Baptism(the sanctifying Grace and first installment of the Holy Spirit) and Confirmation- the Anointing and Seal of the Holy Spirit, and yet a further installment of the Holy Spirit.
Let’s all make haste to register for the Sacraments that are available in every Catholic Parish. Call your local Catholic Parish, and inquire of the sacramental Prep Classes (RCIA if you are an adult and Sacramental Prep Classes -Religious Formation Classes for children), and make haste to register yourself or your family for the Graces of our Lord; to walk even more closely with Him, now and always. In Jesus’ Name amen. For Jesus is with us! He loves us and this I have received in the Holy Spirit!

Pray the Rosary with your family and use the Rosary for Penance (per the angels and Mother Mary!)which is an “Act of Love” and a Spiritual Work of Mercy for Russia and Ukraine. Mother Mary, pray for us!

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