Church of Jesus Christ of the Universe
Saturday 22 October 2022
Readings of the day: Eph 4, 7-16; Ps 121; Lk 13, 1-9
There is a connection, which may not be immediately noticeable, between the Gospel and St. Paul. The connection is the description of what matters in life; the connection is the explanation of what the Church is, who is Church and who is part of the Church.
Some people went to tell Jesus about the people killed by Pilate, and perhaps they wanted Him to say something against Pilate. Instead, He spoke to those who came to Him, giving two examples: “Unless you repent,” – which means unless you are transformed – “you too will all perish” (Eph 13,3-5). He wants to say: if you have not understood why you came into the world, why God placed you here on Earth, why you came to live with a mission and an identity at this time, you will perish in the same way. He means that it does not matter if a tower falls over you or Pilate kills you; or, in my own words: if you get under a car, if you die of a tumour or a tree falls on you. If you are not in a process of transformation while this is happening to you, you will all perish in the same way. These are Jesus’ words.
He also gives the example of the fig tree (Jesus does not seem to get along well with fig trees). In this part of the Gospel, He wants to remove it, but the vinedresser asks him, “Wait another year. Let me try.” Continue reading