Friday of the Thirty-Fourth Week in Ordinary Time
Daniel 7:2-14, Psalm (Daniel 3:75-81), & Luke 21:29-33
Today's Gospel narrative relates the familiar parable of the "fig tree." The fig tree is prominent in Palestine and is often a symbol of the blessings of the land. One way of interpreting this parable is that we can indeed see the fig tree budding and summer coming (it happens regularly with the cycle of the seasons); therefore, the Kingdom of God is undoubtedly here among us. Now is the time of the fig tree, and now is the time of the Kingdom of God. Therefore, we need not worry about some horrific future if we strive for the Kingdom of God every day of our lives.
I like to think of living a Christian life as a pilgrimage. We are on a journey to grow in our relationship with God. On a pilgrimage, one needs to ensure that one's activities lead to that goal every day. Therefore, if we live as Christians, it means that we should be following the teachings of Jesus. Most importantly, in loving God and our neighbors. No particular time of day is more special for this task than another. We should not be concerned about future upheavals; if we are faithful on our pilgrimage. Why should we have any concerns about such events?
Question of the Day: How are you growing in your relationship with God every day?
Prayer: "Stand erect and raise your heads because your redemption is at hand."