St Johns, Johnsonville and Holy Trinity, Ohariu
Scripture: Luke 13:1-9
Some people were telling Jesus about some bad news that had happened recently. A group of people had been killed by the Roman governor on their way to the Temple. Some workers were killed when the tower they were working on fell on top of them. What had they done to deserve to die this way? Was God really that annoyed with them?
Jesus points out that these people were the same as the rest of us – no better and no worse. These things happen and can happen to anyone. All of us need to think about how we live our lives to the best of our ability. So he told this story:
A man went to check how much fruit was growing on a tree in his orchard, but he found there was none. So he sent for his gardener and told him, “This tree has grown no fruit for the last three years. Cut it down and plant another tree in its place!”
But the gardener said to him, “Master, give the tree one more year, so I can feed it and care for it. Then if there is still no fruit on it, cut it down.”
In the first part of this story, people were sharing some bad news. Some bad things had happened
to some people. Does that mean they were bad people? What do you think?
What did Jesus say about them?
Jesus then tells a story. He used a lot of stories as ways of getting us to think about our own lives.
These stories are called “parables”.
This one is about a tree in an orchard.
What was wrong with the tree?
What did the orchard owner want to do?
What did the gardener ask for?
What do you think happened at the end of the year?
This is really a story about us and God. All of us have things in our lives where we could do better. We can say “I give up! It’s no use, I can’t do anything to make it better”, or we can let God give us another chance.
God is always willing to give us another chance.
You can download the family activity worksheet, which includes a crossword where the answers can be found in the gospel story.