Gospel of Luke 13:1-9 Reflection:
There are a couple of minor historical events mentioned in the gospel today that are not recorded to posterity; Pilate has seemingly carried out an atrocity and a tower had fallen killing 18 people.
To the Jews these events were the sign of God’s wrath on the people. Jesus says that this is not so. God does not work like that.
Jesus then tells the parable of the fig tree which bears no fruit and the owner decides to have it torn down. The manager of the vineyard asks the owner to give the fig tree one more year and he will tend to it and look after it, hoping that the tree shall produce fruit.
The owner agrees and the tree is given a year’s grace.
Jesus is saying that God gives us time to repent, and that he is the worker in the vineyard who asks God to give us that last chance.
We spend so much of our time not really interested in the spiritual life. Jesus knows what we are like and how we sometimes take the attitude that we are never going to die, that we need not think of God.
Life is designed to make us think of God. As we experience events in our journey through life we ask and seek meaning from them. The only real answer is God. But the only real relationship with God is one of humble acceptance of his will.
This is the part that most of us can’t take too—the humble acceptance of his will. We still want to be in control, even when age and circumstances scream out to us that we are no longer masters of our own destiny.
So God gives us another year—just to learn a bit of humility. He won’t cut the fig tree down til he has given it every chance of bearing fruit. Jesus has invested too much in our redemption to let us go easy.