The Lesson of the Fig Tree (Luke 21: 29-33)
The Proclamation of the Holy Gospel according to St. Luke
 And he spoke to them in a lesson. See the fig tree, and all the trees:  When they now shoot forth their fruit, you know that summer is near;
 So you also, when you shall see these things come to pass, know that the kingdom of God is at hand.  Amen, I say to you, this generation shall not pass away, till all things be fulfilled. Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away.
The Gospel of the Lord
Praise to you Lord Jesus Christ
MEDITATION: The Gospel of St. Luke tells us that Jesus Christ taught them a lesson. This may seem strange for our Lord Jesus always teach them a lesson. What is the difference between a lesson and a teaching? Are not the two synonymous to one another? But what’s new in our Gospel for this Friday?
Our Lord Jesus told us to consider the fig tree and all the other trees. Here, we must know that the fig tree is the mysterious tree that was mentioned alone and is identified alone by Christ. What is the fig tree? The fig tree is the symbol of the messianic peace that our Lord Jesus brings. When this fig tree and all the other trees burst open their buds, we must see and know that summer is now near. For it is in the time of spring where buds burst open for a new start, new beginnings, or new life where all of these prepare and anticipate the glorious splendour of the sun in the summer, so we must also prepare and anticipate the glorious splendour of our Lord Jesus Christ in His second coming. We enjoyed His peace that was given to us on earth even though we are surrounded by chaos, anxieties, and agitations we receive from the world, we must burst open ourselves for a new start, new beginnings, or new life for the Peace Himself which is God comes for us to be taken in His glorious abode and eternal life where peace reigns, for God is peace Himself. The second coming of the Lord is not the end but a new beginning, a new start, and a new life, in God.
In the same way, our Lord Jesus tells us that when we see these things happening, we must know that the Kingdom of God is near. When we see the signs or signals that our Lord Jesus said before His coming takes place, we must know that the Kingdom of God is near. This may seem strange. Is not the Kingdom of God is already here on earth? Is not the Kingdom of God is here and is among us just like what the Lord Jesus told the Pharisees who asked Him about the Kingdom of God? Is not it? Yes. We can ask those questions. But we must know that the Kingdom of God here on earth is not the fullness of it as it really is. It is just like the Most Blessed Sacrament. It is the Body, Blood, Soul, and Divinity of Jesus Christ but it is not the fullness of Jesus Christ Himself personally, as a person with human body; it is not the fullness of Jesus Christ as Himself as He is as a God in a human body. Jesus Christ is here but His own person is not here; He is absent, but He is present and vice versa. So same just like the Kingdom of God. The Kingdom of God on this earth is just a foretaste and just the one percent out of the 99 percent of what the Kingdom of God really is. Therefore I conclude - we must wait for the fullness of the Kingdom of God which is to come.
Then Jesus Christ assures us as He said, “Amen, I say to you, this generation will not pass away until all these things have taken place. Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will not pass away.” That’s why we cannot doubt anything that is written in the Bible, cover to cover. For if we will doubt anything that is written in the sacred scriptures, then, what is the only Truth? Is just the truth for us is the only truth that we just sense and see? How about the things we cannot see and sense? Just like the air. We know that we cannot see it, but we believe it exists and without it, we will die. It is same with the Truth. We cannot see God, but we can know He exists and is there who loves us so great. So, not to know a loving God is to die. That’s how indescribably great the Word of God is! For in Him, we will know everything we must know about Him.
Here are some points to consider:
1 Is yourself burst open, prepared and ready for the glorious coming of the Lord?
2. Have you even thought of detaching yourself from the things that disconnects you totally from the sanctifying grace and love of God to you?
3. When will you allow God to change yourself?
4. It is not too late to enjoy the peace the Lord brings. Make peace with Him in the Sacrament of Confession.
5. Have a great devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary, Queen of Heaven and Earth and Mother of God.
Preach the Truth!
“Jesus, I trust in You” “O Mary conceive without sin, pray for us who have recourse to thee.”
To the greater glory of God!
Mary H. Distributist