Jesus said to his disciples, «Look at the fig tree and all the trees. As soon as their buds sprout, you know that summer is already near. In the same way, as soon as you see these things happening, you know that the kingdom of God is near. Truly, I tell you, this generation will not pass away, until all this has happened: heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will not pass away».
In two days we will celebrate the first Sunday of Advent and this preparation invites us to recognise the Kingdom of God in Jesus. Like the fig tree, this Advent season too is a sign that God gives us, and it invites us to immerse ourselves in this divine project that God has been preparing since the creation of the world.
In this time of preparation, which is also a joyful expectation, let us listen to the word of Jesus, Jesus, the Person as the Word. Since Jesus is the Word of God, the Word made flesh, let us look at JESUS, the person that God gives us, to be seen and touched, to be heard and listened, etc. Jesus is the Eucharist, so let us eat his flesh and drink his blood. That we may become the Christ.
Action of the day: Observe the creation, as the image of God.
«As soon as you see these things happening, you know that the kingdom of God is near»
Deacon Fr. Evaldo PINA FILHO
Today, Jesus invites us to read the signs of our times and epoch, and to acknowledge in them the closeness of the Kingdom of God. He invites us «Look at the fig tree and all the trees» (Lk 21:29) paying attention to what is happening with them: when you look at them, «you know that summer is already near» (Lk 21:30). The fig trees start to blossom. The buds burst open. It is not only the anticipation of the flowers and fruits that springs up, it is also the prognosis of summer, when all trees "begin to show fruit".
According to Benedict XVI «The Word of God makes us change our concept of realism» Indeed, «the realist is the one who recognizes in the Word of God the foundation of all things». This Living Word, that shows us the summer as a sign of imminence and exuberance of all things luminous, is the very Light: «As you see these things happening, you know that the Kingdom of God is near» (Lk 21:31). In this sense, «Now the word is not simply audible; not only does it have a voice, now the word has a face, one which we can see: that of Jesus of Nazareth» (Benedict XVI).
The communication between Jesus and the Father was perfect; and everything He received from the Father, He gave to us by communicating with us in the same perfect way. Thus, the nearness of the Kingdom of God, that articulates God’s free initiative to come to our encounter, must impel us to recognize that proximity of the Kingdom, so that we can also communicate with the Father in a perfect way by means of the Word of the Lord —Verbum Domini—, by appreciating the signs of the Kingdom of God that is so close, as a fulfillment of the Father’s promises in Jesus Christ.