S e n t i r e C u m E c c l e s i a

"To keep ourselves right in all things, we ought to hold fast to this principle: What seems to me to be white, I will believe to be black if the hierarchical Church thus determines it. For we believe that between Christ our Lord, the Bridegroom, and the Church, His Spouse, there is the one same Spirit who governs and guides us for the salvation of our souls..." - Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius [365]

Saturday, March 10, 2007

Third Sunday of Lent

The Gospel for this Sunday is about the parable of the fig tree. We learn that the fig tree was fruitless and inutile for three years and that the vine owner wanted it cut down due to its barrenness. But the twist of the story is made manifest when the vine dresser appealed to the owner to give that particular fig tree a chance to bear fruit. In other words, to be patient with the fig tree.

Many times in our lives the Lord has been very patient with us. Despite our apparent spiritual barrenness, he continues to give us the chance to bear fruit. He continues to be very patient with us, to the point that He is willing to give us all the necessary patience we ever need!

I believe this is the grace of Lent. We are reminded of how the Lord has been so patient with us despite all our barrenness and failures. Perhaps we can reflect on this point and hopefully it will lead us to do two concrete actions:

First, to continue to struggle to "bear fruit" for His greater glory; and
Second, to be patient with others' limitations and failings in the manner that He has been very patient with us.

God bless you.


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