Second Chances

Dear Parishioners,

When I looked at this week's gospel, I saw the parable of the fig tree, which tells us how God gives us a second chance. Rather than cutting down the fig tree, the gardener took care of it and gave it another chance to bear fruit.

God gives us a second chance. By repenting for our sins, we receive God's forgiveness. I'd like to share a poem with you about an old violin that, like us, was given a second chance. It's another image of God's love for us.


It was battered and scarred and the auctioneer

thought it scarcely worth his while

to waste much time on the old violin.

But it held up with a smile.

What am I bid, good folks? He cried.

Who'll start the bidding for me?

A dollar, a dollar, then two, only two?

Two dollars and who'll make three?

Three dollars once, three dollars twice, and going for three, but no!

From the room far back a gray haired man came forward and picked up the bow.

Wiping the dust from the old violin

and tightening the loosened strings

He played a melody sure and sweet

such as an angel sings.

The music ceased and the auctioneer

In a voice that was quiet and low

Said, what am I bid for the old violin?

And he held it up with the bow.

A thousand dollars and who'll make it two?

Two thousand and who'll make it three?

Three thousand once, three thousand twice and going and gone! Said he.

The people cheered and some cried,

We don't quite understand.

What changed it's worth? Quick came the reply:

The touch of the masters hand.

And many a man with life out of tune

and battered and scarred with sin

Is auctioned off cheap to the crowd,

Much like the old violin.

A mess of pottage, a glass of wine,

a game and he travels on.

He's going once, he's going twice.

he's going and almost gone.

But the Master comes

and the foolish crowd

never can quite understand

The worth of the soul

and the change that's wrought

by the touch of the Master's hand.


Sincerely in Christ,

Father Dominick