Jesus said, “Those eighteen people who were killed when the tower of 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 then he told them this parable: “There once was 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 found none. So cut it down. Why should it exhaust the soil?’ The gardener said to him in reply, ‘Sir, leave it for this year also, and I shall cultivate the ground around it and fertilise it; it may bear fruit in the future. If not, you can cut it down.’”
Sharing the Mission
Our minds and hearts are like fortresses. We live within them, but are reluctant to admit Jesus and his poor into the very center of them. We will allow Jesus in just so far, but we often by our action or inaction show him that we don’t wish Him to take us over completely. He is continually asking us to surrender to him. He is asking us continually to let go, and we insist on holding on.
How has your service to others and being part of a conference ‘ cultivated’ and ‘nurtured’ your Vincentian Spirituality?
(Leader) The discipline of Lent calls us to follow in the footsteps of Jesus,
(Together) May your love guide us to conversion.
(Leader) Lord, you came to give sight to the blind,
(Together) Open our eyes to see beyond our own selfishness.
(Leader) Lord, you came to bring good news to the poor,
(Together) May our actions bring hope to those we serve.
(Leader) Lord, give us the grace to “fertilise and cultivate” our spiritual life,
(Together) So that we may bear fruit. Amen