From a Creighton Student's Perspective
March 7, 2011
The second reading is like a warning of what will happen if we do not follow God willingly. The word ‘grumble’ seems to stick out in this reading. I can relate to grumbling about a test, big project, or any task I am not looking forward to. Often when I’m very tired and stressed I seem to grumble about every task that must be completed, like it is just another chore. I realize that God does not want us to grumble about anything in our lives. God wants us to approach every task with spirit and the desire to include God in our lives. I believe that grumbling less in is something we can all work on. Keeping a positive attitude in every day life will improve the tasks at hand, and may even brighten someone else’s day.
In the Gospel Jesus tells us to repent; otherwise we will perish. The parable describes how the ground around a fig tree needs to be cultivated to produce fruit. Just like the ground around the fig tree needs attention, so do our lives. We need to experience humility and to repent in order for God to forgive us. Just as the gardener did not give up on the plant and just cut it down, God will not give up on us. God is willing to be patient and give us the attention we need to live out our lives: to “produce fruit.” It is up to us to listen to God and receive his attention in our lives.
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