SCRIPTURE: Shining Light Tells the Good Story (Luke) 12:54-56, 13:1-9, First Nations Version
54 Creator Sets Free (Jesus) then said to the crowd, “When a cloud rises in the west, you say, ‘It will rain soon,’ and so it does. 55 The wind blows from the south and you say, ‘It will be a hot day,’ and so it is.” Then he spoke to the spiritual leaders, 56 “You who wear false faces! You understand what the earth, wind, and sky are saying, but you are blind to the message of the season you live in.”
1 Then some of the people there told Creator Sets Free (Jesus) about the people from Circle of Nations (Galilee) whom Spear of the Great Waters (Pilate) had put to death and mixed their blood with their own ceremonial offerings. 2 He said to them, “Do you think it was because of their bad hearts and wrong-doings that they suffered? Do you think their hearts were worse than all the others in Circle of Nations (Galilee)?
3 No, I say to you! But if you, the people of Village of Peace (Jerusalem), do not change your ways of thinking and take a new path, you will all die in the same way.
4 “What about the eighteen people on whom the tower in Sending Village (Siloam) fell? Do you think they were worse than all others living in Village of Peace (Jerusalem)?
5 No, I say to you? But if you, the people of the Sacred Village of Peace (Jerusalem), do not change your ways of thinking and take a new path, you will all die in the same way.”
6 So he told them this story, “There was [an owner] who planted a fig tree in a garden, but when [the owner] came to find fruit, there was none.
7 [The owner] said to the keeper of the garden, ‘I have been looking for fruit on this tree for three seasons and have found none. Cut the tree down! Why waste good dirt on it?’
8 “But the garden keeper answered the [owner], ‘Give me another season, I will dig around the tree and fertilize it. 9 If it has no fruit after that, cut it down.”