Saturday 23 October 2021

About Today Readings

St John of Capistrano

Romans 8:1-11. Lord, this is the people that longs to see your face – Psalm 23(24):1-6. Luke 13:1-9.

Leave the fig tree one more year

The story of the fig tree is about God’s love and endless patience for us and our need for time to repent and grow in our faith and prayer. We all of us carry particular faults and failings throughout our lives so it comforting to know that God will never abandon us. He believes in our future so he will never abandon us or leave us unaided. There is an old story telling how Peter is standing at the gates of heaven. The world has ended. Scripture has been fulfilled. The sheep have been separated from the goats. As Peter is about to close the gates, he sees Jesus still standing outside. ‘Master’, he asks, ‘what are you doing outside?’ Jesus replies – ‘I’m waiting for Judas!’. Yes, and Jesus will wait for all of us too, beyond the end of time. He will be standing at the gate, listening for our knock.

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