In today’s Gospel from the third Sunday in Lent (Luke 13:1-9), Jesus offers a dire warning to all (Note: at the bottom of the page is a photo that may be disturbing):

[1] There were some present at that very time who told him of the Galileans whose blood Pilate had mingled with their sacrifices. [2] And he answered them, “Do you think that these Galileans were worse sinners than all the other Galileans, because they suffered thus?  [3] I tell you, No; but unless you repent you will all likewise perish.  [4] Or those eighteen upon whom the tower in Silo’am fell and killed them, do you think that they were worse offenders than all the others who dwelt in Jerusalem?  [5] I tell you, No; but unless you repent you will all likewise perish.” [6] And he told this parable: “A man had a fig tree planted in his vineyard; and he came seeking fruit on it and found none. [7] And he said to the vinedresser, `Lo, these 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?’  [8] And he answered him, `Let it alone, sir, this year also, till I dig about it and put on manure.  [9] And if it bears fruit next year, well and good; but if not, you can cut it down.'”

Jesus offers some very tough and direct advice:

Jesus used vivid images that may have shocked the people of His day to get them to wake up.

Here is a picture of what it looks like when a building falls on people; Lord have mercy on their souls.

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