Cycle C

Good News C16

Third Sunday in Lent

 

New American Bible Luke 13:1-9

Bible Gateway New International Version Luke 13:1-9

 

Picture of figs

         

This is the Third Sunday in Lent. Jesus says that we must repent.  We must change our ways.  We must nourish our spiritual side or like the Fig tree in this parable, we will be cut off from heaven.  For a fig tree in the Bible stands for people doing God’s will.  If people are not doing God’s will, they are like a fig tree that is not growing any fruit.  In the parable, the gardener says give the fig tree one more year.  He will help the fig tree grow. 

        Who are the people who are helping you grow “goodness” fruit to share with all people who are hunger and thirst for God?  What has happened in your life to make you love God and want to follow his rules?  By obeying his covenant, the the Ten Commandments that he gave Moses, you are being a good little fig.  When you follow the Greatest Commandment that Jesus gave us, by loving God with all your heart, all your soul, all your body, and all your mind and loving your neighbor as yourself, you are being a good little fig.  

        You are a good fig.  You do things for others.  You do good things for yourself.  We can see the beautiful blossoms of an apple tree before the tiny apples appear. Apple trees bear fruit after they blossom.  Fig trees don’t have blossoms that you can see.  Their blossoms are inside the fruit shell.  You may be like the fig:  your beauty may not be on the outside where people can see it at first look.  Your beauty may be in your heart and in your actions.  When you are good, your beauty is within you and surrounds you.  Good figs bear fruit without a lot of fanfare.  You don’t have to “flower” them with a lot of praise.  Figs don’t have just one seed, they have many tiny seeds.  If we are good figs, we do many good deeds (seeds).  Each good deed starts a chain reaction of other good deeds.  Before long, the whole world is a happier place because of you, naturally.  What a gift from God you are!

 

“Kindness gives birth to Kindness.”

Sophocles

 

 "It is difficult to give away kindness. It keeps coming back to you."
Author: Cort Flint

 

"Do all the good you can.

By all the means you can.

In all the ways you can.

In all the places you can.

At all the times you can.

To all the people you can.

As long as ever you can."
Author: John Wesley

"Kind hearts are the gardens,
Kind thoughts are the roots,
Kind words are the flowers,
Kind deeds are the fruits.

Take care of your garden
And keep out the weeds,
Fill it with sunshine
Kind words and kind deeds."

Author: Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

          Say the “Our Father.” Ask God to forgive you of your sins.  Ask God to help show you how to sow your seeds of kindness to others.  You are the fruit of God.  He is so pleased with you.  “I love you, little fig. You are a reflection of my love.”

 

“Our Father, who art in Heaven,

Hallowed be Thy name.

Thy kingdom come.

Thy will be done,

On earth as it is in heaven.

Give us this day, our daily bread.

And forgive us our trespasses,

As we forgive those who trespass against us.

And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.  Amen.”

              

 

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