Someone brought to our Lord an account of a happening which seemed to suggest that those who suffered catastrophe are proved to be "sinners above all." He directly contradicted that view, and in that connection uttered the great parable of the fig tree, revealing the true principles of life.
There follow three full-length portraits: of Jesus, in His attitude toward this woman; of the ruler, and his objection; of the woman herself, a daughter of Abraham under the power of evil.
Luke links two parables of the Kingdom with the rejoicing of the multitude for all the glorious things that were done by Him. The first, the parable of the tree, teaches the growth of the Kingdom into a great power; and the second, the parable of the leaven, its corruption.
Passing on His way our Lord shaved that there are limits to the divine mercy, that there will be those who will not be able to enter in. They will be such as are workers of iniquity. It is only against such that the door is shut.
That truth is emphasized by His lamentation over Jerusalem.
the Third Week after Epiphany