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Friday, January 31, 2020

     “Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will not pass away.” (Mk 13: 31)

     Which “heaven” will “pass away”? The sky we see above us. It’s not the “no heaven” that John Lennon called us to “imagine,” with “above us, only sky,” no. In fact this sky, this earth, along with the words of John Lennon, will pass away. “But according to his (the Lord’s) promise,” as St. Peter explains, “we wait for new heavens and a new earth in which righteousness dwells.” (2 Pet 3: 13) All this will pass, to be fully made over, and made “new” by our One Creator, by His life-creating Word.

     Let me also be made new this morning, once again, by the ever-life-creating words of our Lord, which will not pass away. I need not be dragged down by merely-human words and imagi...

Tuesday, January 28, 2020

     “On the following day, when they came from Bethany, he was hungry. And seeing in the distance a fig tree in leaf, he went to see if he could find anything on it. When he came to it, he found nothing but leaves, for it was not the season for figs. And he said to it, ’May no one ever eat fruit from you again.’ And his disciples heard it.” (Mk 11: 12-14)

     Is our Lord being “unreasonable” here, with regard to the fig tree? I mean, it’s not even “the season for figs”! And yet He curses this tree, for not having any figs, out-of-season! So yes, He’s being unreasonable, with regard to the tree.

     But the fig tree is a tree, after all, and is not informed or affected by what the Lord says. So He is saying what He says, actually, for the benefit of “his disci...

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