Posted by: livingscripture | October 27, 2018

29th Saturday in Ordinary Time

 

FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD

Saturday October 27, 2018

Twenty-ninth Week of Ordinary Time

 WORD of the DAY 

 He said to them in reply, “Do you think that because these Galileans suffered in this way they were greater sinners than all other Galileans? 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.” (Luke 13: 1-9)

 

How shall I live this Word?

For humans, temporizing is synonymous with weakness, irresoluteness, and incapacity. Yet God is described by the Gospel, according to an anthropomorphic analogy, as a judge who, despite having every reason to condemn humanity, decides to stop and abstain from too severe an attitude. God stops and waits. The urgency of human conversion is explained through the paradoxical behavior of those who should condemn it. God – unbelievable to say! – is the first to convert: He is converted from a severe and implacable conduct and renounces His legitimate reasons in order to come to meet those who still give Him some hope of change, to this creature that needs some more time to mature and bear fruit. Once again, the evangelist Luke gives a brushstroke of his narrative originality by detaching himself from the traditional version of the episode of the dried fig: the plant is no longer made to shrivel by the indignation of Jesus, as in Mark (11.12-14.20-25), but it is allowed to live for another year: it will receive every care and attention, and without fear of judgment, it will flourish in full freedom.

I commit myself to live my day as an opportunity to be aware of how I act in it, in the gentle breeze of my freedom at the service of the Kingdom. It is in the space of my freedom, when I let myself be met by the mercy of God, that my salvation is decided.

 The Voice of  a Church Father, Diadoco di Fotice

The more we are ready to receive God’s love, the more we love Him.

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