Saturday: 26th October, 2019

Reference test: Luke.13:1-11

Luke 13:7 Then said he unto the dresser of his vineyard, Behold, these three years I come seeking fruit on this fig tree, and find none: cut it down; why cumbereth it the ground?

In today’s Gospel, it took a patient vineyard owner to draw the attention of his vineyard dresser to an unfruitful fig tree. There are even more questions that arise like: ‘why did it take that long to do so’ and ‘what exactly had the dresser been doing while the fig tree remained unfruitful?’

If we could offer something in his defence, we should say that this particular fig tree stood tall and green. Probably, being the reason why the owner kept coming back year after year to find fruit. It is, therefore, not improbable that the vineyard dresser may have become preoccupied with tending to other plants in the vineyard that looked weak and obviously needed more attention, compared to the fig.

Yet, upon raising his concern, the vinedresser promised to fertilise it one more year and ‘maybe it will bear fruit’.
Beloved, one of thing we will know is that often people might not know what is going on or the wrong they are doing unless we bring it to their attention.
Even then, like this vine dresser, there is no promise of ‘it will bear fruit’, but a maybe.

Although we always expect change when we raise concerns, things always don’t happen in that manner. Sometimes there is big change, small change or even no change all; that is just what happens. What then do we do? Keep offering opportunities or abandon ship and walk away? The right choice will depend on prevailing circumstances so take your time to decide and let God guide you.

Remain blessed and may you be fruitful


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