28.05.10 FIG TREE

Posted under Reflections on May 28th, 2010 by

He entered Jerusalem and went into the temple area. He looked around at everything…

as they were walking along, they saw the fig tree withered to its roots…

 "Have faith in God…

Therefore I tell you, all that you ask for in prayer, believe that you will receive it and it shall be yours. When you stand to pray, forgive anyone against whom you have a grievance, so that your heavenly Father may in turn forgive you your transgressions."  (Mk 11:11-26)


Today’s reading speaks about the fig tree and the cleansing of the temple. These two are interlinked. We go to the temple to experience faith and to have access to God through prayers. But what we find in the temple is buying and selling. There is no faith experience and there is no chance for prayer

Similarly we go to the fig tree to find figs. But what we find is that the fig tree has plenty of leaves. It is very attractive to see. It is pleasant to the eyes. The fig tree is like the temple. There is a crowd in the temple; and the temple looks very busy like the fig tree which is attractive with green leaves.  Tree is cursed because it has no fruits and the temple is cleansed because there is no faith experience.  Fig tree stands as a parable for the temple. 

Using this parable and the event, Jesus preaches about faith and prayer and forgiveness. Faith and prayer expresses the relationship between god and the people. This relationship should necessarily lead to the third element. That is forgiveness. This expresses the relationship among people. 

27.05.10 BARTIMEUS

Posted under Reflections on May 27th, 2010 by

   They came to Jericho. And as he was leaving Jericho with his disciples and a sizable crowd, Bartimaeus, a blind man, the son of Timaeus, sat by the roadside begging. On hearing that it was Jesus of Nazareth, he began to cry out and say, "Jesus, son of David, have pity on me." And many rebuked him, telling him to be silent. But he kept calling out all the more, "Son of David, have pity on me." Jesus stopped and said, "Call him." So they called the blind man, saying to him, "Take courage; get up, he is calling you." He threw aside his cloak, sprang up, and came to Jesus. Jesus said to him in reply, "What do you want me to do for you?" The blind man replied to him, "Master, I want to see." Jesus told him, "Go your way; your faith has saved you." Immediately he received his sight and followed him on the way. (Mk 10:46-52)


Before meeting Jesus, Bartimeus was a blind man. He was sitting by the roadside. He was begging. This is the description of the man. All these go to say that he was dependent on people, he was alone and he had nowhere to go. His image was so negative that he was not considered as one of the people. He was told to keep silence and not even permitted to appeal. 

After encountering Jesus, he got back his sight. He was able to see. He was following Jesus (he was not seated on the roadside). He was one among the people who followed Jesus. He had a goal in life. Because he was on his way. He was not begging anymore. He threw away his cloak.


The reasons for this transformation are two. They are: he had faith and there was Jesus whom he encountered. If there has to be a change in life or there has to be a transformation then these two things have to be present. One is faith in God. Most of the people have this, at least in a small percentage. But the second one that is to encounter Jesus in one’s life is what is lacking. 

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