The focus reading is from the Good News According to Luke, 13:1-9. Here, Jesus has just answered questions regarding the “last judgment,” a time where the world is set right and all are held account. He uses the parable of the fig tree (see cover) to communicate the urgency of embracing the good news to experience fullness of life here and now. It is the Third Sunday in the season of Lent, the forty day season marking Jesus’ journey to the cross and spiritual preparation for Easter. During Lent, churches focus on it as a time of prayer, especially penance, turning away from our failures and brokenness as a way to open ourselves to God’s grace.