At that very time there were some present who told him about
the Galileans whose blood Pilate had mingled with their sacrifices. He asked
them, 'Do you think that because these Galileans suffered in this way they were
worse sinners than all other Galileans? No, I tell you; but unless you repent,
you will all perish as they did. Or those eighteen who were killed when the
tower of Siloam fell on them-do you think that they were worse offenders than
all the others living in Jerusalem? No, I tell you; but unless you repent, you
will all perish just as they did.' Then he told this parable: "A man had a
fig tree planted in his vineyard; and he came looking for fruit on it and found
none. So he said to the gardener, "See here! For three years I have come
looking for fruit on this fig tree, and still I find none. Cut it down! Why
should it be wasting the soil?" He replied, "Sir, let it alone for
one more year, until I dig round it and put manure on it. If it bears fruit
next year, well and good; but if not, you can cut it down."
Jesus comments on the news stories of his time. Just as in
our time, narratives of destruction and distress capture the attention. Can I
sense that Jesus is telling me not just to look out but is asking me to look in?
How will I respond to his invitation to ask how God is
opening me to compassion, prompting me to repentance and leading me to life?