Posted by: livingscripture | October 26, 2019

29th Saturday of Ordinary Time

FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD
29th Saturday of Ordinary Time
October 26, 2019

WORD of the DAY

At that time some people who were present there told him about the Galileans whose blood Pilate had mingled with the blood of their sacrifices. 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? 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.’”
(Luke 13: 1-9)

How shall I live this Word?

In the Gospel, Jesus reminds us of two painful facts, Pilate’s repression against some Galileans and the collapse of the tower of Siloam killing eighteen people, to insist on the need for conversion in order not to perish.
In the second part of this Gospel, Jesus repeats the mercy of God always ready to wait for the good fruit rather than punish people. It is an aspect of God’s ‘tenderness’, that He always loves us, that He gives us time to change our life and fulfill our Christian existence.
We thank You Lord for Your infinite mercy. Grant that we may be attentive to Your goodness and always follow Your Gospel, source of joy and salvation for us.

The voice of André Louf, Hermit Monk
The ability to discern the will of God requires a new spiritual sensitivity, precisely that which is given through the event of our conversion.
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