Parable of the Barren Fig Tree – Repentance or Destruction

Bible Event – Jesus’ Life

It can be alarming to discover, that by carrying one’s smartphone in our pocket or bag, companies such as Google are able to pinpoint our position to within a couple of metres; their eye in the sky follows our every move.

Although some don’t mind this intrusion, others greatly resent “Big Brothers” actions. Yet, since the moment God created us, he has tracked us. There is nowhere hidden nor any of our actions secret, from the eye of God.

Jesus told the Parable of the Fig Tree:

Fig Tree

A man planted a fig tree in his garden but for three years, when he went looking for fruit, it had borne none. The man ordered that it be cut down but the worker answered, “Sir, leave it alone this year too, until I dig around it and put fertiliser on it. Then if it bears fruit next year, very well, but if not, you can cut it down”.

God has put us on this earth to bear fruit. When we fail, He will help us and wait but we cannot expect Him to wait forever! (Luke 13:1-9)

Thought

Jesus’ Parable was a likely warning to the people of Israel who were not listening to His message but it also applies to us. God will guide us to his Kingdom if we are willing to follow, but we must listen, trust and obey Him.

Reflection

Lord Jesus, thank you for waiting on me. Protect me from the evils of this world and guide me to your everlasting kingdom. Amen.

Prayer: Trust (St Ignatius of Loyola)

O Christ Jesus,
when all is darkness
and we feel our weakness and helplessness,
give us the sense of Your presence,
Your love, and Your strength.
Help us to have perfect trust
in Your protecting love
and strengthening power,
so that nothing may frighten or worry us,
for, living close to You,
we shall see Your hand,
Your purpose, Your will through all things.