Mar. 3:  Third Sunday in Lent                                            Read Luke 13:1-9

At that very time there were some present who told him about the Galileans whose blood Pilate had mingled with their sacrifices. He asked them, “Do you think that because these Galileans suffered in this way they were worse sinners than all other Galileans? No, I tell you; but unless you repent, you will all perish as they did. Or those eighteen who were killed when the tower of Siloam fell on them–do you think that they were worse offenders than all the others living in Jerusalem? No, I tell you; but unless you repent, you will all perish just as they did.”

Then he told this parable: “A man had a fig tree planted in his vineyard; and he came looking for fruit on it and found none. So he said to the gardener, ‘See here! For three years I have come looking for fruit on this fig tree, and still I find none. Cut it down! Why should it be wasting the soil?’ He replied, ‘Sir, let it alone for one more year, until I dig around it and put manure on it. If it bears fruit next year, well and good; but if not, you can cut it down.'”

 

from Kevin M. Snow, Central Christian Church, Huntington

and Associate Regional Minister for Youth and Young Adults  

            Repent!  For many, this word alone conjures images of flame tongued preachers, pounding fists against pulpits, or sullen faced sandwich-board carriers advertising the end of the world.  “Repent” was the prophets cry, and John the Baptist’s call:  “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven has come near.”  It is also Jesus’ plea in Luke 13:  “…unless you repent, you will all perish as they did.”  While repentance has different meanings throughout scripture, in the New Testament it calls for a turning, a changing of the mind, and an arrival at a new way of thinking.  How might the church rediscover the importance of this word?  Move it from a place of fear and terror to a place of hope and possibility?  Redefine it as a path toward covenant and discipleship instead of conversion or avoiding punishment?  Jesus’ parable reminds us there is always time, but it will take commitment, work, and care.

Shaping God, mold us in mind, body, and spirit

to be receptive to your leading. 

Show us the path that leads away from the old

and embraces discipleship with you,

that we might embody the grace and peace of your coming kingdom.

 

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