One day, some people told Jesus what had occurred in the temple: Pilate had had Galileans killed, and their blood mingled with the blood of their sacrifices. Jesus asked them, “Do you think that these Galileans were worse sinners than all other Galileans, because they suffered this? No, I tell you. But unless you change your ways, you will all perish, as they did.
And those eighteen persons in Siloah, who were crushed when the tower fell, do you think they were more guilty than all the others in Jerusalem? I tell you: no. But unless you change your ways, you will all perish, as they did.”
And Jesus continued, “A man had a ?g tree growing in his vineyard, and he came looking for fruit on it, but found none. Then he said to the gardener, ‘Look here, for three years now I have been looking for ?gs on this tree, and I have found none. Cut it down, why should it continue to deplete the soil?’ The gardener replied, ‘Leave it one more year, so that I may dig around it and add some fertilizer; perhaps it will bear fruit from now on. But if it doesn’t, you can cut it down.’”
Bad things happen to people not necessarily because they have done badly themselves. It is not a just dessert for some wrongs they did in the past. More often than not, they are just casualties of the evil done by others. They are the countless, nameless collateral damages of the bad deeds of some. In this case, we cannot blame God for the intentional evil done by our fellow human beings. We might accuse Him of not lifting a finger to stop them but who can dictate on God? He has His freedom to act or not and we cannot infringe on this radical freedom which He Himself allows us to have. We can only start with ourselves and make a thorough review whether we have used this freedom for the good or have ourselves contributed to the spiral of evil that happens in this world? Let the fruit of goodness blossom in our lives and perhaps, we will make our world a less evil place to live in.
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