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March 7, 2010: 3rd Sunday of Lent

Jesus is always ready to help you be the best person God has created you to be and bear fruit as a good fig tree.

Jesus told this parable: “A gardener had a fig tree planted in a vineyard; the gardener came seeking fruit on it and found none. So the gardener said to the vinedresser, “For three years I have come seeking fruit on this fig tree, and I find none. Cut it down; why should it use up the ground?” But the vinedresser answered, “Let it alone this year also, till I dig about it and put on manure. And if it bears fruit next year, well and good; but if not, you can cut it down.” (Luke 13:6-9)

During Lent we take more seriously our life as a Christian. Of course, we should do that all year long. However, it is during Lent that we are especially tuned in to how we are living and how we might do better. Every year we have another chance “to produce”, you might say, like the fig tree! We are grounded in God. Jesus, like the vinedresser in the parable of the fig tree, is always ready to help us be the best person God has created us to be. Every day pray to Jesus for his help.


As we begin the third week of Lent, how are things going so far? Think about what you wanted and decided to do for Lent when it began. Are you keeping your Lenten promises? If not, it’s not too late. Begin today. Remember, Jesus never gives up on us. We should never give up on ourselves.

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Sister Mary Beth Klingel

Sister Mary Beth is currently ministering as the Guest Services Coordinator in Woodhaven, a Retreat and Guest House. In addition to many liturgical involvements, she also is a volunteer visitor in Providence Health Care. Previously she served for 10 years on the SP leadership team general officer on the leadership team of the Sisters of Providence of Saint Mary-of-the-Woods. She has previously served as an elementary school teacher, pastoral minister and director of novices.

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