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The Fig Tree Gardener according to Luke

The Fig Tree Gardener is taken from the Gospel of Luke.

Jesus tells a parable (or story) of a landowner who wants to eat figs from a tree on his land.

The tree is not growing figs, even though the time is right for ripe figs to be harvested.

The owner instructs his gardener to cut the tree down.

The gardener reasons with the owner and promises to give the tree more care, in the hope that it will bear fruit in the next season.

The Gospel Account

You can find the story of the parable of the fig tree and the gardener in the Gospel of Luke, chapter 13, verses 1-9.

Click on this link to view the Gospel passage using the New American Bible translation.

The Five Decades

When you pray the five decades of this Rosary Reflection, use these five scenes from the Gospel.

First Decade: The fig tree owner discovers no figs are growing.

Second Decade: The owner tells the gardener that the tree has not produced fruit for three years.

Third Decade: The owner tells the gardener to cut the tree down.

Fourth Decade: The gardener promises to tend the tree carefully for the next year.

Fifth Decade: The gardener allows the fig tree owner to cut down the tree if it fails to bear fruit.

What to Remember

This Gospel story depicts God as a gardener who works to have creation bear fruit for the health of others.

As followers of Jesus, God calls us to bear fruit with our lives and gives us the resources to grow.

When you give God permission to work in your life, God will provide what you need to live a fruit-filled life.

Here are a few intentions to pray for:

For a greater openness to God’s gardening methods in our lives.

That the world may be a garden of peace, love and good will for all humans.

For family and friends who are stuck in a wasteland and need God’s touch to live a better life.

That society will value the roles of farmers, those who till the land, and for greater yield in places of scarcity and famine.

Feel free to pray the rosary using the Gospel when you want more grace, and the personal care of God to help you grow in dry times.

When This Gospel Appears

Luke’s Gospel account of the parable of the Fig Tree Gardener occurs on the Third Sunday of Lent in Cycle C of the Liturgical Year.

The most recent appearance is on Sunday, March 24, 2019.

There are three cycles that last a year each, beginning with the First Sunday in Advent in the Church year.

In Cycle A, the Gospel readings are from the Gospel of Matthew.

For Cycle B, the Gospel readings are from the Gospel of Mark and John.

In Cycle C, the Gospel readings are from the Gospel of Luke.

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