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Today's Gospel + short theological explanation

Saturday of the Twenty-ninth Week in Ordinary Time

Gospel text (Lk 13,1-9): One day (…) Jesus continued with this story, «A man had a fig tree growing in his vine-yard and he came looking for fruit on it, but found none. Then he said to the gardener: ‘Look here, for three years now I have been looking for figs on this tree and I have found none. Cut it down, why should it use up the ground?’. The gardener replied: ‘Leave it one more year, so that I may dig around it and add some fertilizer; and perhaps it will bear fruit from now on. But if it doesn't, you can cut it down».

God calls us to the progress

EDITORIAL TEAM evangeli.net (based on texts by Benedict XVI) (Città del Vaticano, Vatican)

Today, the "Parable of the barren fig tree" suggests that progress —in its origin and essence— is a divine plan. To regard development as a vocation is to recognize it derives from a transcendent call and that it is incapable, on its own, of supplying its ultimate meaning. God is the guarantor of man's true development, inasmuch as, having created him in His image He also establishes the transcendent dignity of men and women and feeds their innate yearning to “be more”.

If man were merely the fruit of either chance or necessity, and man did not possess a nature destined to transcend itself in a supernatural life, then one could speak of growth, or evolution, but not development. Without the perspective of eternal life, human progress in this world is denied breathing-space. Without Him, development is either denied, or entrusted exclusively to man, who falls into the trap of thinking he can bring about his own salvation and ends up promoting a dehumanized form of development.

—Lord, deliver us from the damage of "super-development" promoted with "moral underdevelopment".