Luke’s Gospel (21:29-33) is so simple and so beautiful. The parable of the fig tree reminds us that the Kingdom of God is near. Jesus warns us to be discerning as everything is temporal—except for the Word of God.
As Advent is upon us, it is a perfect time to stop and reflect upon signs that God is present - and working in my life. Coincidentally, the fig tree has become an icon in my life and part of an extended running joke between a group of my longtime friends. I grew up with a fig tree in my yard and talk about figs, well, a lot. Each time one of us sees a fig, eats a fig, comes upon a fig leaf, etc., we take a photo on our phone and text the group, accompanied by some attempt at a pithy remark. This turns into good natured bantering, and usually, an extended conversation. I see my group of loving and loyal friends as a sign that God is present in my life, and in the world. As we enter the Season of Advent, I am going to work hard to be loyal and loving, as well as mindful, of everyone I encounter.
- Kathy Cormier P'15 '16