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 peace of the Lord be with you.
As we walk through life we begin to see patterns and cycles. These help make our lives somewhat predictable and remind us of the ordering of creation. These are the finger prints of God and as Jesus tells us this is an assurance that God’s kingdom is close at hand. To see these signs and patterns we must keep the eyes of our soul open. We need time for quiet and reflection to really appreciate these communications from God. As we approach the season of Advent (Little Lent), perhaps we can think about renewing our commitment to these simple spiritual exercises.
In the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Amen.