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Daily Prayer 2015-05-29
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Jesus and the Fig Tree
U. S. A. | SPIRITUAL LIFE
May 29, 2015. Friday of the Eighth Week in Ordinary Time
By Father John Doyle, LC
Jesus entered Jerusalem and went into the
Temple; and when he had looked around at everything, as
it was already late, he went out to Bethany with
the Twelve. On the following day, when they came from
Bethany, he was hungry. Seeing in the distance a fig
tree in leaf, he went to see whether perhaps he
would find anything on it. When he came to it,
he found nothing but leaves, for it was not the
season for figs. He said to it, "May no one
ever eat fruit from you again." And his disciples heard
it. Then they came to Jerusalem. And he entered the
Temple and began to drive out those who were selling
and those who were buying in the Temple, and he
overturned the tables of the money changers and the seats
of those who sold doves; and he would not allow
anyone to carry anything through the Temple. He was teaching
and saying, "Is it not written, ´My house shall be
called a house of prayer for all the nations´? But
you have made it a den of robbers." And when
the chief priests and the scribes heard it, they kept
looking for a way to kill him; for they were
afraid of him, because the whole crowd was spellbound by
his teaching. And when evening came, Jesus and his disciples
went out of the city. In the morning as they
passed by, they saw the fig tree withered away to
its roots. Then Peter remembered and said to him, "Rabbi,
look! The fig tree that you cursed has withered." Jesus
answered them, "Have faith in God. Truly I tell you,
if you say to this mountain, ´Be taken up and
thrown into the sea,´ and if you do not doubt
in your heart, but believe that what you say will
come to pass, it will be done for you. So
I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe
that you have received it, and it will be yours.
Whenever you stand praying, forgive, if you have anything against
anyone; so that your Father in heaven may also forgive
you your trespasses."
Introductory Prayer: Once again, Lord, I
come to you to pray. Even though I cannot see
you, I trust that you are present and want very
much to instruct me in your teachings. In the same
way you demonstrate your love me by spending this time
with me, I want to express my love for you
by dedicating this time with you in a spirit of
faith, confidence and attention. Here I am, Lord, to listen
to you and respond with love.
Petition: Lord Jesus
help me to learn how to unite prayer and action.
- Jesus and the Fig Tree: We witness Jesus withering
a barren fig tree right down to its roots even
though he knows that it is not the time for
harvesting figs. Jesus never worked a miracle for himself, so
we know it was not a punishment for not satisfying
his hunger. This event immediately precedes his entering the Temple
at Jerusalem where he expects to find people “busy about
his Father’s affairs.” Instead he finds them occupied in worldly
activity, and often fraudulent and unjust activity at that. The
fruits of honesty and uprightness that Jesus expects to find
are simply not there; so in a sense the fig
tree symbolizes Jerusalem. Am I honest in my dealings with
others? Do I realize that the Lord expects me to
bear fruit? Do I invest my time well, in both
prayer and action, to this end?
- All in
a Day’s Work: This Gospel passage would make for a
good documentary on a day in the life of Christ.
He starts out early from Bethany to Jerusalem, he enters
the Temple, faces the wrath of those there as he
cleanses it, and then teaches for the rest of the
day before returning to Bethany late in the evening. The
very next day he begins his ministry again by teaching
on the importance of faith in prayer. Jesus did not
waste a second of his day; rather, he went about
fulfilling his Father’s will. Still, Jesus was not a busybody.
He did not generally meddle in others’ affairs, but he
certainly was not about to allow worldly activity of a
dishonest nature in his Father’s house. And so he throws
the dishonest merchants out of Temple. Do I use my
time well? Does that include the time I dedicate to
prayer? Do I always act respectfully in God’s house where
my Eucharistic Lord dwells?
- Praying with Faith: Prayer
and action are intimately tied together. Jesus was right in
driving the moneychangers and animals from the Temple. Certainly we’re
not supposed to busy ourselves with worldly affairs while we’re
in church. But it’s very proper to bring our worries
and concerns, our joys, successes and failures to Christ in
prayer. It’s good for us to ask Our Lord his
viewpoint about our concerns and ask for his grace to
continue on. And when we do set aside time specifically
for prayer to encounter Christ, then we find the strength
and desire to spread his message to others. It’s through
prayer that we’re filled with apostolic zeal. When we dedicate
our day to loving service of God, our day itself
becomes a prayer. Is my prayer the source of interior
strength, and is my action a loving prayer?
with Christ: My Jesus, you ask much of me, but
you are always at my side assisting me with your
grace and presence. Help me to use my time wisely
on behalf of your Kingdom.
Resolution: I will program
in five extra minutes of prayer today for the sake
of serving Christ better.
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