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.”
The same day we read the terrifying night visions from the Book of Daniel in our lectionary (Daniel 7) Jesus offers a parable about the fig tree and other trees. Learn from them– summer is near.
It’s another way to see the coming of God’s kingdom. It will be like the coming of summer, the earth flowering in abundance, Jesus promises.
The coming of God’s kingdom doesn’t destroy creation but brings it a surprising summer.
Creation is the first Bible. As with sky signs: “Red sky at night, sailor’s delight; red sky in morning, sailor’s warning.” How easily we learn nature’s signs from our ife experience. Why are we slow in seeing signs of God’s love in our lives?
A giant, old maple tree,
Spreading long branches up and out.
What does this tree teach me?
I’m blessed to gaze at nature,
The first Bible without a doubt.
May my faith be as deep as its roots,
May my heart be open like its branches.
May my love spread like new shoots.
May God shower me with daily grace.