From a Creighton Student's Perspective
June 1, 2012
Sophomore, Biology Major, Spanish Minor
My house shall be called a house of prayer for all peoples?
But you have made it a den of thieves." -Mark 11:17
The Gospel reading today, I think, can be confusing at times. Certainly, when Jesus came upon the fig tree, he knew that it would not have fruit because it was not the season for figs. After reading into the matter a bit, I learned that before figs comes a “precursor fruit.” Because Jesus didn’t find this precursor, he knew that the tree would be fruitless, even when it came time for fig season.
Surely, Mark is not writing on this subject to show Jesus’ anger toward a barren fig tree, but I think it refers more to the state of society. I believe that Jesus is referring to the barren society; the nation in which they live is barren and fruitless and will eventually die off, which could be a reference to the destruction of the Temple. In large part, I understand the reading as such due to the inserted section regarding the people selling and buying in the Temple. People were using the Temple as a trading location to gain riches rather than a holy place to pray. Jesus witnessed the corruption of society as such regularly, and so he warns his disciples regarding this destruction with the fig tree as a symbol. May we be fruitful in our lives by not being preoccupied with riches but rather be faithful and blessed by the Lord.
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