Word From the Front LinesLuke 13:1-9:
And there were present, at that very time, some that told him of the Galileans, whose blood Pilate had mingled with their sacrifices. And he answering, said to them: Think you that these Galileans were sinners above all the men of Galilee, because they suffered such things? No, I say to you: but unless you shall do penance, you shall all likewise perish. Or those eighteen upon whom the tower fell in Siloam, and slew them: think you, that they also were debtors above all the men that dwelt in Jerusalem? No, I say to you; but except you do penance, you shall all likewise perish.
He spoke also this parable: A certain man had a fig tree planted in his vineyard, and he came seeking fruit on it, and found none. And he said to the dresser of the vineyard: Behold, for these three years I come seeking fruit on this fig tree, and I find none. Cut it done therefore: why cumbereth it the ground? But he answering, said to him: Lord, let it alone this year also, until I dig about it, and dung it. And if happily it bear fruit: but if not, then after that thou shalt cut it down.
Nicole and I went to Sunday Mass at Holy Cross in Pigeon Forge Sunday morning, and I have to admit that after the events of this week, we thought we might hear something from the pulpit about it. What we did hear actually came from Holy Cross Deacon Larry West, who preached the homily at the 8:00am Mass we attended.
"I'd love to meet with Pastor Hatcher [of Connor Heights Baptist Church] and share with him what our faith is about, and show the love of Christ to him."