Luke 21:25-36 – The First Sunday of Advent â€“ for November 29, 2015
â€œLook at the fig tree and all the trees. When they sprout leaves, you can see for yourselves and know that summer is near . . .â€ (Luke 21:29-30)
Anticipating signs for the so-called second coming, Jesus gestured toward a fig tree in Lukeâ€™s Gospel. When the tree sprouted, â€œsummer is near.â€ Likewise, the powers of heaven will be shaken and soon people would witness . . . the â€œSon of Man coming on a cloud.â€
But for me, maybe the Bibleâ€™s, er, wrong! Evidence of our approaching winter (not summer) has been confirmed by the sprouting of a fig tree along the route of my typical morning walk. A few strides from home, inching toward the sky, is a random ficus carica. It grows. It sprouts leaves. And now, with winter near, with Advent upon us, with Jesusâ€™ cautionary comments about figs rattling â€˜bout my lectionary wonderings, I see the first fig fruits emerging.
Yikes! A warning! A warning? Continue reading →