Today’s Thoughts: The Gospel today presents us with the stark reality of life that at any moment it can end. The question that Jesus is asking is are we ready? The Galileans and those who died at Siloam when the tower fell did not died because they were sinful. They died because of the violence and accidents of life. These kinds of tragedies happen every day as I mentioned above the question is are, we ready? If not, then eternal death not just physical death will be our outcome.
The good news is that God is a merciful God slow to anger and rich in kindness. However, we must be willing to accept and give fruit to God merciful grace. In the parable that ends the Gospel today, God plays the role of both the orchard owner and the gardener with us as the fig tree.
God is always willing to give us a second chance, sometimes even a third, fourth and fifth chance but we need to respond to the grace given, we need to produce some fruit. In other words, time is of the essence as the Galileans and the people in Siloam learned. Now is the time to bear fruit, to do the good that we can, because there might not be later.
This seems to be St. Paul’s message to the Corinthians today also. He looks at all God did for the Israelites bringing them out of slavery, help them throughout their journey to the promised land and yet some did not take advantage of God mercy and kindness. They grumbled and chose a different path and, in the end, paid for it. St. Paul challenges the Corinthians and us not to make the same mistake. We must be ready. We must be people who bear the fruit of God’s merciful love always.
Have a blessed and holy Sunday everyone!
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Fr. Paul R. Fagan, C.P. "Preacher on the Run"
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