1 Dec 2017: Learning from the Nature and the Word


Friday of the Thirty-fourth Week in Ordinary Time

Reading 1: Dn. 7: 2-14; Gospel: Lk 21:29-33

In today’s Gospel, Jesus uses the example of a fig tree to speak about the eschatological times. Jesus exhorts to learn from the nature to interpret the signs of times. But even the nature from where we learn is temporal. Jesus clearly says that this earth and all in it and the heavens and all the wonders of the heaven will pass away, only the word would remain. The word that created everything in the beginning (Let it be), that word which became flesh would remain forever. St. John in his Gospel clearly says that this word that became flesh is God. Christ remains forever, He is the alpha and the omega. Today this word speaks to us in the Sacred Scriptures. St. Jerome mentions that ignorance of the scriptures is ignorance of Christ. How much is my familiarity with the Scriptures. But Jesus adds one more requirement. It is not enough to listen to the word but one ought to do what is written in it. Words written and read would be only at the intellect but the words written, read and practiced is experiential. This is what Jesus tells us today. It is not enough to learn from the fig tree but one ought to act accordingly. In the similar fashion it is not enough to know that the word of God would last forever, but one ought to live according to what is written in the word of God.

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