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Lectionary Reflection

Year C, Lent 3
Revised Common Lectionary
Gospel

Luke 13:1-9

There were some present who told Jesus 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 around it and put manure on it. If it bears fruit next year, well and good; but if not, you can cut it down.'"

 

Reflection on Luke 13:1-9
by Nelson Thomas

In this reading from Luke we have two parables. First, where the Galileans regardless of the level of sin all will persist, "No, I tell you; but unless you repent, you will all perish just as they did." The second parable is where a farmer went to cut down a fig tree because it was not bearing fruit. Where as the gardener replied, Sir, let it alone for one more year, until I dig around it and put manure on it. If it bears fruit next year, well and good; but if not, you can cut it down." This is a case where regardless of the degree of our assault on Gods' creation we have sinned. We need to begin actions to which were we begin to amend our ways of wasteful living. Learn and practice at first, simple ways to conserve our gifts.

In the second parable we need to take the next step by spreading the message of conserving God's creation. As we go about helping others get started and/or supporting in practices leading to sustainability, it is liken to putting manure on the fig tree. The support is in Christ's message to us; all of us need help especially in the area of protecting the environment. As it is destroyed, parts of all of us are destroyed and in most cases there is no going back. God's Creation and we have perished. But "God is faithful, and he will not let you be tested beyond your strength, but with the testing he will also provide the way out so that you may be able to endure it." So as we use Jesus' message to fertilize our efforts to protect, conserve, educate, support, advocate and learn, we know that God is not testing us beyond our limits. Let's hope it is not beyond the limits of the environment. We must acknowledge change that God has planned versus changes caused by humankind and increase our efforts to lead us to sustainability of God's Creation.

 
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To Reflections on other RCL and Standard (Episcopal) Lectionary Readings for Year C, Epiphany 6:

Old Testament
Exodus 3:1-15
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Psalm
63:1-8
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New Testament
1 Corinthians 10:1-13

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Luke 13:1-9
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Nelson Thomas, one of the original founders of MEESC, past Co-Chair (1995-1999) and Treasurer, was a member of St. Paul's Episcopal Church, Duluth, MN, when he wrote this reflection in 2007.  Wanda and we welcome your comments. Please address your comments or additional reflections to Nelson Thomas or any MEESC member, or mail them to:


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