Third Sunday of Lent
March 7, 2010
Luke 13: 1 – 9
During his tenure as Roman Governor of Judea, Pontius Pilate was involved in several controversies with various Jewish factions; some of them turned violent.
Because of the particular incident mentioned in today’s Gospel Reading from Saint Luke, some of the Jews believed that the victims of Pilate’s wrath on this particular occasion were being punished for their sins.
Jesus assures them that this is not the case because God’s justice is not of that kind. Rather, God is patient and waits for us to return to Him.
This Devine Patience and Forbearance is illustrated in the Parable of the Fig Tree which Christianity relates to those who are willing to listen.
At first glance, the fig tree appears barren and worthless. However, with proper care it “comes to life”, so to speak, and lives to bear fruit. May we who are often like the fig tree respond generously to God’s love and mercy which is shown to us in a special way during the Holy Season of Lent.
May this season of penance give us the strength and courage to spend ourselves generously and without reserve in the service of God and those in need.