29th Week, Ordinary Time: Saturday 26th October 2019

Daily Word Of God

Luke 13:6-9

Jesus told this parable, ‘A man had a fig tree planted in his vineyard, and he came looking for fruit on it but found none. He said to his vinedresser, “For three years now I have been coming to look for fruit on this fig tree and finding none. Cut it down: why should it be taking up the ground?”

“Sir,” the man replied, “leave it one more year and give me time to dig round it and manure it: it may bear fruit next year; if not, then you can cut it down.” ’

Today's Pointers on God's Word

As you read the passage what words, phases or meanings caught your attention?

  • Today’s Gospel passage is about God’s merciful love. A fig tree normally takes three years to mature and bear fruit.  If it does not, it will probably not bear any fruit ever.


  • However, the vinedresser, representing God’s merciful love gives the tree yet another chance to bear fruit. Hopefully, with the pruning and digging around the tree, it will be “shocked” into bearing fruit.


  • God has likewise been very merciful to us for not “bearing fruit” in our lives in spite of the abundant graces He has given us.  We are challenged to make a decisive change for the better regardless of the high price we have to pay for the change.