Jesuit Fr. James E. Hug serves as sacramental minister for the Adrian Dominican Sisters and writes on spirituality for social transformation. His blog, "Truth that does Justice," can be found on the website for the Dominican Center.
The parable of the fig tree carries an important message. God is looking for fruitfulness from us in responding to this world that is so in need of love, healing and renewal. In coming to us, does God find fruit?
NCR Today: Lent is a time to reflect on our lives and reevaluate our relationship with God. It is a time to look at it again to see if it is where we want it to be or if growth and enrichment are possible.
NCR Today: In the Jan. 27 passage from the first letter to the Corinthians, we have the extended metaphor of the many parts of the body of Christ. We all have different gifts, skills, opportunities, graces and roles. Whatever each of them is, they all are meant to be put into action together in these times to bring good news to the poor.
As election day approaches, we are flooded with rhetoric about the exceptionalism of the U.S. among the nations of the world. This narrative is a fable that glosses over the original sins at the foundation of our country as we know it today.