A Letter from Fr. Robert
Very recently two trees on the boundary of the church yard had to be cut down. As they had grown the roots had gone in search of water and these roots had begun to damage the road surface on the other side of the wall. The only solution was to cut them down.
This reminded me of one of Jesus’ parables:
Luke 13:6-9 (NRSV): “A man had a fig tree planted in his vineyard; and he came looking for fruit on it and found none. 7 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?’ 8 He replied, ‘Sir, let it alone for one more year, until I dig around it and put manure on it. 9 If it bears fruit next year, well and good; but if not, you can cut it down,’”
Trees appear a lot in the bible and are often given great spiritual significance, here the fig tree is symbolic of the nation of Israel, God’s people, and it was Jesus expectation that he should find fruit in Israel, and the parable acts as a warning that a tree, a nation, a people without fruit of love and service would be cut down and the soil used for a tree that would bear fruit. The fig tree may not have been causing damage but it wasn’t doing good so it would have to go. In the parable the gardener is Jesus and he proposes a cure, to see if the tree would revive its fruitfulness.
There is a challenge in the parable to all who consider themselves to be God’s people. Are we fruitful?
Acts of love and service are the fruit we should all bear.
Every blessing. Fr. Robert
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