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Sunday, March 3, 2013

Whose side is God on, anyway?

Over the millenia, many people have claimed God's favour.  Armies, kings, conquerors, political movements, religious movements, individuals have tried to claim that God favours their cause and that therefore their opinions and ideas are indeed righteous.

Many people have also tried to claim that Jesus was political.  I have heard that claim from democracy, communism, socialism, anarchy.  They all try to paint Jesus with the brush of their own particular political disposition.

However, nothing could be further from the truth.  The parables, the Gospels, Jesus' words and deeds were all meant as tools for us to reflect on ourselves as individuals.  The Gospel passage for today (Luke 13:1-9) makes this clear.

Jesus does not invite us to reflect on the bad deeds of others, but on our own, reminding us in the process through the Parable of the Fig Tree that God forgives and always invites us back into communion with Him and with our fellow human beings.

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