|James J Tissot -- The Tower of Siloam|
The Jewish and Christian religions teach that the world in which we live is under the final judgment and absolute control of a God whose goodness and love has been shown time and again, ever since the deliverance of the Israelites from slavery in Egypt. So many of the things that happen in this world, however, make this very hard to accept. Where is the love of God in the Nazi Holocaust, genocide in Rwanda, or in the earthquake in Haiti?
|Fig Trees, Antibes Guy Rose (1867-1925)|
What is that way? The Psalmist beautifully expresses the only possible answer – the way of worship: ‘I have gazed upon you in your holy place, that I might behold your power and your glory. For your loving-kindness is better than life itself’. The parable of the fig tree tells us that nourished in the right way, our spiritual nature can flourish, and bring us to the point where the love of God’s goodness is sufficient, however life goes.