Fr. Rick’s Gospel Reflection for Saturday, 29th Week in Ordinary Time, October 22, 2022
Luke 13:1-9 https://bible.usccb.org/bible/readings/102222.cfm
Please open your Scriptures and read these verses prayerfully.
Is this useless or useful? For whom?
The word “useless” in the Gospel jumps out at me today. When I write an article like this for you, I ask someone to read it because I don’t see my mistakes. Some words or phrases I write make no sense, and they are useless to the reader.
It makes me think about how many of my actions and behaviors are helpful for me but useless to Jesus. I must admit that there are times when I must take a stalk of myself and see what is motivating what I think and decide to do.
The parable speaks to me and you too, please God, that time is of the essence. My heart needs to produce the good fruit of Jesus’ heart today. He is looking for His fruit of patience, kindness, and mercy in me as the owner was looking for figs on his tree. I better pay attention.
The Gospel Challenge:
Think back to an occasion when things got testy with someone. All they needed was some patience to explain themselves. Or think of an experience when someone needed your attention because you are essential to them. But unfortunately, something else caught your attention.
Play that scene out in your imagination with Jesus. What is different is when you put a person before your stuff. The gardener got an extra year to work on the fig tree to produce good fruit. Use well the Lord’s patience with you. You will be surprised how different things will be.
IGNITE THE FIRE.
God bless you, my friends.
Fr. Rick Pilger, I.C.