PURPOSE AND PRODUCTION
On the surface one might be tempted to think this Gospel is about productivity. If the fig tree doesn’t produce, it will be cut down. But it is not about production; rather this Gospel is about purpose.
Because if it was about production, then the sins of the Galileans would in fact lead to their suffering, but this is not the case. Suffering simply occurs – for reasons often quite unknown to us. Suffering is not a product of something else – (at least not the existential kind of suffering for there is suffering that comes from bad behaviors but that is not what we are talking about here)
The question is not “why?” as if one thing must always come from another. The question concerns purpose. What, for example, is the purpose of suffering? Or in the case of the fig tree, it is not cut down simply because it does not produce; it is cut down because it has no purpose if it cannot produce. It is, after all, called a fig tree for a reason. . .
CLICK HERE for the readings for the Third Sunday in Lent (Exodus 3:1-8, 13-15; Psalm 103; 1 Corinthians 10:1-6, 10-12; Luke 13:1-9)