We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
1 At that very time there were some present who told him about the Galileans whose blood Pilate had mingled with their sacrifices. 2He asked them, “Do you think that because these Galileans suffered in this way they were worse sinners than all other Galileans? 3No, I tell you; but unless you repent, you will all perish as they did. 4Or those eighteen who were killed when the tower of Siloam fell on them—do you think that they were worse offenders than all the others living in Jerusalem? 5No, I tell you; but unless you repent, you will all perish just as they did.”
6Then he told this parable: “A man had a fig tree planted in his vineyard; and he came looking for fruit on it and found none. 7So he said to the gardener, ‘See here! For three years I have come looking for fruit on this fig tree, and still I find none. Cut it down! Why should it be wasting the soil?’ 8He replied, ‘Sir, let it alone for one more year, until I dig around it and put manure on it. 9If it bears fruit next year, well and good; but if not, you can cut it down.’”
Image: A fig tree. We can grow the Brown Turkey fig in New England, if it is given good protection over the winter. It grows like a shrub.
The birds like my figs green, the little feathered bandits--and they need to tree-ripen (the figs that is), so I'm lucky to get to eat maybe a few here & there. Mostly I just maintain the trees as bird, possum, and coon eateries.
I don't quite 'get' the fig-tree parable. Patience?
It's a stern lesson. Others might know better, but my sense is that he says that we have a chance for repentance and to join the Kingdom of God, or we/our souls will perish/be struck down. Jesus is the gardener who is offering Truth but also mercy - but only for so long.
Also, re figs. For some reason, we don't have much of a bird problem with them. Our challenge is to help them survive the winter - or at least their roots. I have lost a few of them, over the years. The leaves are also useful for covering up your privates when posing nude on the lawn.