The Gospel Today
Friday of the Thirty-fourth Week in Ordinary Time
Jesus told his disciples a parable.
“Consider the fig tree and all the other trees.
When their buds burst open,
you see for yourselves and know that summer is now near;
in the same way, when you see these things happening,
know that the Kingdom of God is near.
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.”
Reflection (Sem. Ramon C. Jamora, Jr.):
The Gospel speaks about the lesson of the fig tree. It is somehow putting emphasis on our anticipation of what is to come or what is to happen. The fig tree, here, represents nature and how we are able to anticipate what’s going to happen next. We are able to see a process in the fig tree. But how would this process or the anticipation bring us to an examination of our spiritual life?
In addition to what the Gospel is telling us, we are also invited to know our faith not just about how to live our lives but also where this faith is bringing us.
For us to see a clearer picture of today’s Gospel, let us try to connect it to yesterday’s Gospel. Jesus spoke about destruction, end of days, judgment day, and the moment when the Son of Man is coming. He points out that there is a certain end, the moment when we are judged. The element of the mystery of our faith is very present in the Gospel. We are reminded that as we continue our path towards God’s kingdom, we are required to act. Our faith tells us that in God’s time we will receive our reward because we have done our part in building the kingdom of God.
What now? Perhaps, with this in mind, we must know our faith better. We must not grow weary in studying about our faith. There is more to what the Gospel is telling us. The Word of God gives us inexhaustible learning, thoughts, instructions, and so on. We can only take in enough. We should see with the eyes of faith and must not allow our limitations to limit us.
Today, we are invited to read, know, and act upon what is written in the Gospel. We must submit ourselves to studying our faith because we were created by God to share in His divinity and humanity. Because of this we are contributors to the end of days, our final day, our judgment day, to come not for us to be condemned but to receive the reward that God has in store for us. May be you are called today to start reading your Bible as a start of this journey towards the kingdom of God.