Some people told Jesus about the Galileans whose blood Pilate had mingled with the blood of their sacrifices. Jesus said to them in reply, “Do you think that because these Galileans suffered in this way they were greater sinners than all other Galileans? By no means! But I tell you, if you do not repent, you will all perish as they did! Or those eighteen people who were killed when the tower at Siloam fell on them—do you think they were more guilty than everyone else who lived in Jerusalem? By no means! But I tell you, if you do not repent, you will all perish as they did!”
And he told them this parable: “There once was a person who had a fig tree planted in his orchard, and when he came in search of fruit on it but found none, he said to the gardener, ‘For three years now I have come in search of fruit on this fig tree but have found none. So cut it down. Why should it exhaust the soil?’ He said to him in reply, ‘Sir, leave it for this year also, and I shall cultivate the ground around it and fertilize it; it may bear fruit in the future. If not you can cut it down.’”
The Gospel of the Lord.
The Gospel of the Lord
Sunday, March 24, 2019
by Ginny Scally, SNDdeN
In the beginning of this reading, Moses seems to be just going about his daily life, … just “tending his father-in-law, Jethro’s, flock,” … perhaps contently minding his own business, … “leading the flock across the desert,” and then he gets this call from GOD! “Moses! Moses!”
There’s not mistake here. God didn’t call someone else. The text says it was deliberate. The text says it was intentional. God got his attention with a burning bush, waited for Moses to respond, then called him by name twice, in case he didn’t hear God the first time! Moses got the message too: this is GOD talking! God’s heart has been broken open by the suffering and the cries of God’s People. God wants to intervene. God wants someone through whom God will do that and Moses is the one! Moses is sent in the name of I AM.
We too, may be doing the same thing as Moses: quietly accomplishing the normal things we do from one day to the next, the GOOD things we do, minding our own business, etc. and then God calls us, … God calls ME! It’s true, there’s no visible “burning bush” that anyone around us can see, but our good God catches our attention through the e-mails from our women on “the Border,” the headlines of our daily newspapers, one story after another on the 5 o’clock news, the reports heard on 60 Minutes, conversations with friends, popular movies in our theatres today, etc., etc. and we know that the God of our ancestor’s heart must be breaking again by the suffering and cries of so many of our sisters and brothers in our own country, around the globe, from the earth itself and from all of creation.
Rampant violence, repeated mass shootings, greed and corruption, lies and war, blatant racism and drugs, people young and old dying at the hands of misguided others … Our God must want to intervene again for sure. Who can God send today? “If not us, then who? If not now, then when?” Where and how are we being called and sent to act individually, collectively, corporately in the name of I AM today? Will we go? The grace and guidance is there for the asking.
Sister Ginny Scally was educated by the Sisters of Notre Dame in her home parish of St. Gregory’s in Dorchester, Massachusetts. She joined them after graduating from high school. Like most SND’s, her professional life began as a teacher in an elementary setting. Because of her involvement in the parish religious education programs in those early years, she also was influenced by the spiritual needs and hungers of the laity she met. As a result of those encounters, she chose to pursue graduate studies in Theology with an emphasis on Scripture and Spirituality. She was a Pastoral Administrator in priestless parishes (Read “pastoring person!) in the Diocese of Saginaw, Michigan for over 20 years, recently completed a hospital chaplain’s residency in Charleston, South Carolina and is presently serving as the Coordinator of Catholic Pastoral Services at the North Shore Medical Center in Salem, Massachusetts. She now resides in Peabody, Mass.”