SCRIPTURE: Passage taken from Luke 21:25-36
Then he told them a parable: “Look at the fig tree and all the trees; as soon as they sprout leaves you can see for yourselves and know that summer is already near. So also, when you see these things taking place, you know that the kingdom of God is near.
REFLECTION by Mary Groesbeck
As the birth of Jesus approaches, I count my blessings: family, friends, church, health, energy and, of course, the Holy Spirit always with me.
For many years, I was an avid hiker. I belonged to three hiking groups. What a joy to spend most Saturdays walking through the beauty of God’s creation. Mountains, rivers, lakes, waterfalls, trees and flowers, birds and the great blue sky. I felt the Kingdom of God all around me.
Sometimes, I need a parable explained to me. Not this one! I see the beauty of budding trees, enjoy the warming of the days. Of course, the Kingdom of God is near. I feel it and I know I am blessed.
Jesus, prepare our hearts and minds for this journey into the kingdom of God. Thank you for opening the door for a new way. Help us walk through the threshold into a space of growth and wisdom. Amen.
The Wisdom of God the Love of God and the Grace of God strengthen you to be Christ’s hands and heart in this world, in the name of the Holy Trinity. Amen. (source: Celtic)