34th Week in Ord. Time, Friday – 25th November 2022 — Gospel: Lk 21,29-33
Being alert to the Season
Through the parable of the fig tree, an apt picture of the nation of Israel, Jesus links the kingdom of God with himself and inaugurates the new age. The parable heralds the coming of the Son of Man, calling the listener to have eyes to see the signs, and the good sense to be ready. This agricultural analogy serves as an observation and a warning. Jesus tells us to observe the many signs that indicate the arrival, the presence, and the power of the kingdom of God. These signs show the nearness of our redemption, and our Redeemer. He did not want his disciples to be ignorant of the approach of his return, as with unbelievers. The farmer recognizes the season by noting those evidence of its summer arrival. Likewise, the children of the kingdom should be alert to and aware of the “season” of Jesus’ return.