20160228 - Third Sunday of Lent

posted Feb 23, 2016, 9:03 AM by Domain Admin   [ updated Sep 9, 2016, 9:37 PM ]

Gospel of Luke 13: 1-9

Maricel's Reflection

This week's gospel speaks of hope. The fig tree symbolizes hope and faith. There are many times when we feel impatient or barren like the fig tree. When am I going to have a boyfriend/girlfriend? When am I going to figure out my major? Why do I have to wait for what I want? We are bombarded with questions. However, what are we doing to change the situation? The gospel speaks of "cultivating" and "fertilizing" the soil. In our lives, we have the opportunity to take action and believe that God will make our lives fruitful!

Alfred's Reflection

“Do you think that because these Galileans suffered in this way they were greater sinners than all other Galileans?”

I used to spend a lot of time reading news websites and a good amount of time was spent reading the comments that people made. After a catastrophe with a tragic loss of life, there often are comments like the one above that suggested that the people who died deserved it. I could feel the negative energy build inside me as I read those comments. Earthquake, flood, blight? Sent by God to strike down sinners! That was the common thinking in Jesus’ time and apparently some number of people in our time feel that way.

Jesus teaches us to stop worrying about other people, to stop judging how much other people are sinners, to stop thinking we are more worthy of God’s favor. Stop paying attention to others and focus on how you can make yourself better and more ready for our lives in Heaven. Fill ourselves with love and not with hate.

In my day job, we often try to do things better: continuous improvement. If we have a business process, let’s find a do it faster, cheaper, better, and/or with fewer mistakes. Jesus is calling us out in the Gospel to seek to continuously improve our faith lives. He’s telling that God has given us some extra time, so we should make the most of it to make ourselves better. That is part of what the season of Lent is about: shedding all distractions and making ourselves better people of God.

Continuous improvement in the business world is never about settling for good enough. In our spiritual lives, most of us know we have a lot of improvement to make. In the Gospel, Jesus is also calling those who think they are good to also examine themselves and make themselves better as well.