Sacerdos in Aeternum | Rev. Fr. Rommel Molina Arcilla:

Second Chances

The Parable of the Fig Tree, a story which was the Gospel reading last Sunday, conveyed to us a very beautiful message especially for our situation in our world right now. The world is at war and we are all affected economically, at least, and many people are starving because of the high prices even of our basic commodities. We do not know what else to do just to remedy our situation and we do not know where else to go.

 

We can blame everyone around us, we can blame the leaders of other countries. But then, we all know that this will never get us anywhere better than our stinking situation. The owner of the orchard, in the parable of the fig tree, felt dismayed by the failure of the fig tree to bear fruit. So, he decided to cut it down had it not been for the pleading of the farmer to give it a little more time. He told the owner that he will do all it takes to make it bear fruit, and still if it fails, then they will cut it down. They gave the fig tree a second chance to live and to bear fruit.

 

It is an indispensable part of our human nature to commit mistakes. Everyday we make decisions and some of these decisions can put us down and depressed. However, we must not forget that we have a loving God who will never surrender until we get on our feet again bearing the fruits of our faith. We must have the heart filled with so much desire to win the battle against sinfulness and mediocrity. We must never surrender because each one of us is a part of God’s masterpiece and we all have a role to play and we must play it well.

 

Maybe the world is so cruel to us. Maybe there are a lot of people around us who are only contributing not for our improvement but to our downfall. Maybe we can say that we are always on the wrong place and at the wrong time. Well, we can always look at all these things as challenges and we can rise above them if we only have the determination to do so. We can expect for failures in the process, but let us not lose hope because there are always two sides of the coin and life is not one-sided.

 

Sinful as we are but God did not give up on us. His grace continues to nurture us, guiding us along the pathways and byways of life. Therefore, it but fitting for us to return the favor and we can only do it by opening up ourselves to His graces and blessings so we can produce a bountiful harvest out of the seeds of God’s love. Acceptance of our wretched situation is the first step towards renewal as we aim for a fruitful life. Whatever our situation may be like, it must not pull us back but rather encourage us to do our best and give our best shot in our efforts to imitate the ways of Christ.

 

We are nearing the Holy Week season and we will meditate once more on the sufferings, death and resurrection of Jesus. Let us therefore make a difference in our celebration of this sacred season by embracing the faith more seriously and by trying our best to produce the much-awaited fruits of goodness and love, of repentance and forgiveness, and of giving up of our own personal goals and ambitions for the good of everyone around us.

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