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(Exodus 3:1-8,13-15 Psalm 102:1-4,6-8,11. Corinthians 10:1-6,10-12 Luke13:1-9)
As we enter the third of week of Lent, the theme of repentance comes out strongly. In the Gospel reading, Jesus warns us that if we do not repent, we will perish. He gives a parable about the fig tree. What does this tell us? God is not interested in punishing you and me. The will of God is for us to be saved. We may be like that fig tree which has come to maturity without producing any fruits. The owner of the garden wants to cut it and burn it so nothing of it remains but the gardener (God) says give me one more year to dig around it, manure it, water it and just to take care of it. After that, if it does not bear fruit, you can cut it down. A God of Second Chances……..
We are celebrating the Year of Mercy. The Lord in his goodness has opened the floodgates of his mercy. He does not care about how we have lived in the past, his desire is for us to humble ourselves and repent.
In the first reading, God sees the misery of people of Israel and chooses to free them through Moses. In the same way, God sees our wretchedness and wants to free us from our sins. He is running to meet us in the Sacrament of Reconciliation.
We should never despair but persevere in conversion until the end in order to be saved. Sometimes we look at our deeds and think we are irredeemable but God sees something different and wants to give us a second chance to love him.
As Pope Francis wrote in his book The Name of God is Mercy:
‘Mercy will always be greater than any sin; no one can put a limit on the love of the all-forgiving God.’