This Week's Reading
Third Sunday in Lent
By Janet Foggie
The modern organic gardener may use no–dig gardening, better yields are gained not when we dig soil but rather when we feed it. Jesus similarly provides a model of fruit husbandry that feeds the poorly performing tree. Once fed and cared for the tree may well fruit the following year, and therefore be saved.
Loss, and death are tied together in the Greek verb which Jesus here uses to mean to perish. On the opposite side, feeding the soil, tending the ground, life and salvation are balanced.
What would be the equivalent of weeding and manuring (feeding) a human relationship so that repentance, and a resultant forgiveness might flourish?