Become Something Special

"A man had a fig tree planted in his vineyard, and he came looking for fruit on it but found none" 

Luke 13:6
Exodus 3:1-8,13-15; Psalm 103:1-4,6-8-11; I Corinthians 10:1-6,10-12; Luke 13:1-9

Sermon Week/Year

Third Sunday of Lent, C

In today’s Lesson, after telling the crowds that unless they repent, they will perish, Jesus tells a parable about a fig tree that hasn’t borne any fruit for three years. The owner wants it destroyed. But the worker in charge of cultivating, cutting, and pruning appeals to the owner to spare the tree: “Sir, leave it one more year,” he says, “and give me time to dig around it and manure it; it may bear fruit next year; if not, then you can cut it down” (Luke 13:8-9). 

One morning in 1888, Alfred Nobel, inventor of dynamite, awoke to read his own obituary. The notice was printed because of a simple journalistic error — it was Alfred’s brother that had died, and the reporter carelessly reported the death of the wrong Nobel.

To Alfred, the shock was overwhelming because he saw himself as the world saw him: the “Dynamite King,” the great industrialist who had made an immense fortune from explosives. This,…

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