THEME: THE BARREN FIG TREE
The teaching of Jesus this whole week culminates with the call to repentance. Always a pointer to the patience of God and the struggle for the salvation of souls . The barren FIG tree in the Gospel text of today is an image that reflects our souls and our lives many times. Often in life we can fall into a rut and our relationship with God and others struggles. As a result, our lives bear little or no good fruit. God does not just give up on us.
The parable of the barren fig tree presents us with the image of a man who commits to “cultivate the ground around and fertilize the barren fig tree. He does not look at it as worthless to be discarded. He asked for more time to work on it.
It’s important to note that the man here is but a figure of our Blessed Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ who never gives up on us nor look at us as worthless to be discarded. He is a God of second chance and He is committed to caring for us in such a way as to offer us every necessary opportunity to bear fruit. He is always ready and willing to reach out to us in the ways we need so that our lives can once again bear much fruit.
Our situations in life may be like this barren fig tree, our Nigerian situation too is like this barren fig tree. Your family could be like this barren fig tree. But know that Jesus has not given up on you nor on your family or our country. He never will. Change of attitude and change of heart is all that he requires of us. And there can be a turn around. I pray today for you, your family, your community, and our country Nigeria that they be a turn around in events for better. Amen!
GOOD MORNING AND HAPPY WEEKEND!