Repentance Sunday

Some people told Jesus about the Galileans
whose blood Pilate had mingled with the blood of their sacrifices.
Jesus 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.’” Lk 13:1-9

All of us are called to repentance. There is no one on this Earth that is not susceptible to the sins of the world. No matter how high we put someone on a pedestal here in the world, they all are tempted by the same things that tempt everyone. There are temptations and things that we all know we should not be doing that are constantly thrown at us on a daily basis.

That is what Jesus was talking about today. There is no one that is above anyone, no matter their status in life, when it comes to sin. Just because we are all sinful, that does not mean we are not still being called to do something differently with our life. We are all called to turn away from the sins of the world, in one simple word, repent. Just because we are doing something sinful at this very moment, that does not mean that we can not change.

We also need to realize that we need help in bearing those fruits. We may want to be the lone ranger, and take on this world alone, but we can not do it all by ourselves. We all need to have someone who is willing to help us on this path. Whether that be a spiritual guide, or just someone we can talk to about things in general. We all need that person to help us. Jesus can be that person for us. He is waiting and willing, we just have to make the conscience effort to show up. Seek out his guidance and he will get you to where you are being called in life. The key is just to be open and start down a different path.


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