Jesus’ apocalyptic discourse on the events of the “end-time” ends on a victorious note: the coming of the Son of Man—Jesus in his glory—that will mark the redemption of his faithful followers. Jesus teaches his disciples to draw a lesson of hope from nature, like the budding of the fig tree. Luke adds “all the other trees” to include other trees in other places that bloom and mark the changing of seasons. Jeremiah speaks of the saqed, the “watching-tree” that speaks of the Lord watching to fulfill his word (Jer 1:11-12). This probably refers to the almond tree whose blossoms are a harbinger of spring in Israel.
GOSPEL • Lk 21:29-33 29
Jesus taught his disciples a parable. “Consider the fig tree and all the other trees. 30When their buds burst open, you see for yourselves and know that summer is now near; 31in the same way, when you see these things happening, know that the Kingdom of God is near. 32Amen, I say to you, this generation will not pass away until all these things have taken place. 33Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will not pass away.”
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