Saturday of the Twenty-ninth Week in Ordinary Time [I]
Ephesians 4:7-16 + Luke 13:1-9
October 23, 2021
“Sir, leave it for this year also ….”
Both in the Old Testament and the New Testament, gardens, plants and trees of all sorts are used as symbols of growth—and decay—within the spiritual life. The very first story of the Bible takes place in a garden called Eden. And today in the Gospel Reading, Jesus tells us a parable along the same lines.
Your spiritual life is the fig tree, and you are the gardener. Your spiritual life is planted in the Lord’s orchard. What we have to come to grips with is the fact that we are accountable to the Lord, just as in today’s parable the gardener is accountable to the owner of the orchard. We are accountable for bearing spiritual fruit in our lives on this earth.
That’s why we’re here on this earth. If we believed, as some of our fellow Christians do, that the entire point of our relationship with Christ is to be “saved”, then we would be better off dying as soon as we’re baptized. But the whole truth is that salvation comes to us only at the end of our life on this earth, if we have been faithful to tending our spiritual life, and bearing fruit through the many ways that our spiritual life nourishes our daily life.