這篇默想由生命恩泉文摘編輯小組撰寫，內容以下列文章為根據: Commentaries on the daily readings by Sacred Space, 常年期第廿九週星期六
Some people told Jesus about the Galileans whose blood Pilate had mingled with the blood of their sacrifices. He said to them in reply, “Do you think that because these Galileans suffered in this way they were greater sinners than all other Galileans? By no means! But I tell you, if you do not repent, you will all perish as they did! Or those eighteen people who were killed when the tower at Siloam fell on them—do you think they were more guilty than everyone else who lived in Jerusalem? By no means! But I tell you, if you do not repent, you will all perish as they did!”
And he told them this parable: “There once was a person who had a fig tree planted in his orchard, and when he came in search of fruit on it but found none, he said to the gardener, ‘For three years now I have come in search of fruit on this fig tree but have found none. So cut it down. Why should it exhaust the soil?' He said to him in reply, ‘Sir, leave it for this year also, and I shall cultivate the ground around it and fertilize it; it may bear fruit in the future. If not you can cut it down.$0"2$
In today's Gospel, some people told Jesus about the slaughter of the Galileans by Pilate. Jesus used this opportunity to correct their thinking, as well as to remind everyone the immediate call to repent.
Jesus said: "Do you think that because these Galileans suffered in this way they were greater sinners than all other Galileans? By no means!" People at the time often think misfortunes are punishments by God. Jesus taught them not to speculate about the reasons behind people's misfortunes, but to learn that death could come at any time. People are called to repent immediately.
Jesus told a parable to illustrate His point. The fig tree which never bore fruit in three years represent those who did not respond to Jesus' preaching. Originally, these people would not be saved. However, Jesus pleads to God on our behalf to give them a chance to be saved.
When life is good, we tend to forget our lives are short. When we see disasters happen, we are reminded of how fragile our lives really are. Let us remember the time to repent is now and urge our friends and family to repent.
This reflection is prepared by the FLL Inspire editorial team as a digest of the following two articles: Commentaries on the daily readings by Sacred Space, 常年期第廿九週星期二