Learn a lesson from the fig tree

Today's Gospel is one giving great hope to those of us who look on in despair at the disorders and damages in today's world.

The condition of our earth today is such that the ceaseless and ever-increasing exploitation of its resources driven by human greed has greatly threatened the balance of the ecosystem and the life-supporting climate system, to the extent that, according to scientists, we are nearing the tipping point - the point of no return. We are nearing the days described by Jesus in Mark 13:

"In those days after that tribulation the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light, and the stars will be falling from the sky, and the powers in the heavens will be shaken."

But Jesus then assures us that we will then see "'the Son of Man coming in the clouds' with great power and glory, and then he will send out the angels and gather his elect from the four winds, from the end of the earth to the end of the sky." We will not be foresaken. On the contrary, as our old reference of permanence and orderliness, such as the sun, the moon and the stars, becomes shaky because of human greed and madness, Jesus offers the promise that, as sure as the branch of a fig tree becoming tender and sprouting leaves heralds the coming of summer, the existence of those anomalies heralds the coming of Jesus to restore order. So if we are to seek Him and follow HIm, what do we have to be afraid of, even in the midst of the crumbling of the world of the old order?

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