Cultivate Your Faith!

Luke 13:6-9

He spoke also this parable: A certain man had a fig tree planted in his vineyard, and he came seeking fruit on it, and found none.
And he said to the dresser of the vineyard: Behold, for these three years I come seeking fruit on this fig tree, and I find none. Cut it done therefore: why cumbereth it the ground?
But he answering, said to him: Lord, let it alone this year also, until I dig about it, and dung it.
And if happily it bear fruit: but if not, then after that thou shalt cut it down.

  A reflection on yesterday’s homily and reading.  As put by my Father, one question he wanted to ask St. Peter upon his arrival to the gates of Heaven was this, “Whatever happened to the fig tree?”  Some may say it was eventually cut down, others may say that it was kept and bore fruit.  I would like to think, and believe the latter.  Faith to me must be cultivated, much like the gardener suggested to the owner of the tree.  Through the many sacraments that the Catholic church has given us, the sacrament of confession, or reconciliation, is one of the most important, if I had the ability to choose.  We must always ask for forgiveness from the Father.  But I also think in order for our faith to continue, in order for it to flourish and bear fruit, it must be cultivated, it must be fertilized.  I would think in this passage, at least to me, Jesus was telling us to stay the course, win the fight, bear the fruit of our faith through reconciliation, prayer, study, and reflection.  Do not turn away from Him, study and live the Gospels, pray on the Gospels, reflect from the Gospels, and when we stray, utilize confession and ask for his forgiveness.  Do not cut down our tree of faith, leave it alone, and cultivate it through the sacraments that our Church has given us, and pray daily; reflect daily, and always know that God, our Lord Jesus Christ, is with us, always.  Be cognizant of our failures, and always ask for forgiveness, as He will give it to us.  Cultivate our faith, and maintain the struggle.  The Lord is there for us, through thick and thin, always knowing what is best, always giving us the free will to choose, but always wanting our prayers, and our Love.  Have a great day, and God Bless!  May this reflection turn you to God today, and ask for His forgiveness, ask for Him to help you cultivate your faith in Him alone!
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