In the Gospel today, Jesus used a parable to teach the people about how much he loved them. He told them about a vineyard owner who was growing a fig tree, but the tree wasn’t producing any figs. In the story, the vineyard owner was like God the Father. The vineyard owner talked to the gardener who tended to the fig tree. In the story, the gardener is like God’s Son, Jesus. The gardener wanted to fertilize the tree; he wanted to try even harder to get it to produce the figs. Who do you think the fig tree represents? That’s right, all of us! Jesus loves us, tends to our needs, and wants us to be fruitful in all that we do.
That reminds me of Odette and her daughter Olga. They live in a country in Africa called Rwanda. Many new babies born in Rwanda don’t receive all of the nutrients they need to grow big and strong. This is called “malnutrition”.
Well, thanks to your generous donations in the CRS Rice Bowls, Odette was able to work with the Catholic Relief Services to make sure that her new baby is both strong and healthy! Just like the gardener in the Gospel and Jesus in our lives; Odette loves, cares for, and nourishes her child.
This Lent, let us try to care for the needs of others just like Odette cares for the needs of her daughter Olga and just like Jesus cares for all of our needs.