Today's Daily Bread
Sat. Oct 22, 2016: Ephesians 4:7-16; Luke 13:1-9
Living the truth in love, we should grow in every way into ... Christ. The hardest question is always: Why does God allow innocent suffering? Jesus’ answer may seem rather stark. Whether the tragedy is a crime like a massacre or an accident like the collapse of a tower, Jesus warns, “If you do not repent, you will all perish as they did!” I doubt this Gospel has ever appeared at a funeral. But Jesus offers another answer, more consoling, the parable of what might be called the “prodigal fig tree,” which does nothing but “exhaust the soil.” “Cut it down!” says the owner, but -- watch now! -- the “gardener” gives it another chance, and, in maybe the least likely image ever of divine love, swaddles it with fertilizer. Sweet Jesus, you give us gifts according to your goodness.