“What did I do to deserve this?” When misery befalls us it is human nature to look for a cause and wonder if the suffering is a punishment for sinful behaviour. However, we also often find ourselves asking why bad things happen to good people. Jesus explains in today’s Gospel that while suffering is not a punishment for sin, all sin eventually results in suffering. It would be false to assume that if you aren’t suffering you have no need for repentance. Today’s parable of the fig tree reminds us that by our baptism we are called to be fruitful. St. Ambrose taught that the Church offers us two kinds of water: the water of baptism and the tears of penance. God is a patient gardener and knows that conversion of heart takes time but if your life is not bearing fruit, come, sit in this chair—come to the waters.
In addition to the regular parish schedule, the sacrament of Reconciliation will be available at parishes throughout the Diocese of Calgary all the Wednesdays of Lent from 7:30 – 8:30pm. Come, sit in this chair—repent.
Action: God is a kind and patient gardener, who desires that we bear fruit. Take steps to name, use, and nurture your gifts and the gifts of others.