September 2014 So what can the fig tree reveal to us? May 2020 His Heart Was Moved with Pity. Finally, my husband is in the military. Biblical Concepts My family, my work and my private life. Truth God Bless you and all those who write for this website.Prayers for all those who have requested prayers above. Love It is a great story of how faith works, and a revelation of what God wants from His children. The good news is that the Holy Spirit will give you the strength you need- that was how we made it! It can be very isolating I know. July 2014 That unbelief automatically disqualifies a person from having their prayers answered. Discipleship Solemnity of the Baptism of the Lord, January 10, 2021-“My Son, My Beloved, My Chosen One”, Saturday January 9, 2021: The Four Way Test for Prayer. August 2019 www.CarolynBerghuis.com. January 2014, "Faith is ... the certainty of things not seen" (Hebrews 11:1). Amen. December 2018 Good to have you here with us. I need your prayer for my mom and grand mom and my wife and all my entire families.Amen. April 2017 February 2016 March 2020 April 15, 2019 With all that is going on in the world, it’s hard to focus on the events that led to the crucifixion. November 2014 Jesus is telling the disciples how to have complete faith after He cursed the fig tree and it dried up. Behind The Stories Accidents are very common for his young age! Dealing With Doubt Thank God for his words. So many in your family are relying on you. I Trust GOD and JESUS CHRIST, So Please Accept My Faith. Relying means to depend on it actually happening. The Christian Faith Read Next. December 2017 SERIES . Faith & Trust Upon coming to the tree expecting to find something to eat, Jesus instead discovered that the fig tree had no fruit on it and cursed the tree saying, “May no fruit ever come from you again!” (Matthew 21:19; Mark 11:14). Hopefully we have made some progress in being kinder to others and giving those around us a little more care and attention, because of the graces we are receiving through the increase in our prayer life. Click here for instructions on how to enable JavaScript in your browser. He was seeing a GI doctor for constipation, but I don’t think it’s that anymore. Prayers for faith groups started in our church community. Yummy figs and the reception of God’s blessings are both worth waiting for indeed. Thanks Dear. Sermon from CCM:Kingsway; LISTEN. 'Have faith in God,' Jesus answered. Matthew records the cursing and the withering of the fig tree all in one account and includes it after the account of Jesus cleansing the Temple of the moneychangers. Mention of its good fruit and bad fruit in Jeremiah divided the “good” and “bad” people; those who followed God’s commands and those who did not. I think he just doesn’t want to stop doing what he’s doing and I don’t know how else to tell him that he needs to put his toy down and go in the potty. Amen. Please pray that I will be patient with my potty trained 3 year old who continually is having “accidents” in his pants. Please pray for my son who is struggling to overcome his addictions, and for him to find a job, and pray for me that I always be open to, and have the courage to follow the promptings of the Holy Spirit. April 2019 My charge was reduced to a speeding infraction. I recently asked for prayers concerning my reckless driving charge. Just days prior they shouted “ Hosanna” to their King, but later would turn to cry out “Crucify him”! September 2018 February 2014 We need his words every day to direct our part back to God. March 2015 September 2015 I realize that this sounds really silly to pray for, but it’s my lack of patience that concerns me. Carolyn also holds a BS in Mathematics, a MS in Holistic Nutrition and a doctoral degree in Naturopathy. The chapter contains the stories of Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem, cursing of a fig tree, aggressive act in the temple, teaching on prayer, and authority being questioned. There is yet another connection between the withering of the fig tree and the quality of faith. Peace with you. February 2017 Kind of like resting in a favorite hammock on a carefree sunny afternoon – except much better! Friends in Christ, please join me in prayer for my husband and for all spouses who need to forgive or be forgiven. Please pray for my colleagues health. Oct 3, 2016 - The Gospels of Matthew and Mark both tell the story of how Jesus cursed a fig tree which had no fruit just outside of Jerusalem. I’ve heard people say that they think this was just a figure of speech or exaggeration, because they don’t believe anyone could move a mountain. Jesus contrasts the judgment of the barren fig tree, with the faith in God that makes everything possible: “For nothing will be impossible with God,” (Luke 1:37). The Fig Tree, The Temple and Faith. I pray for your needs also. For where two or three are gathered in My name, there I Am with them. It’s standing strong and firm. July 2018 I ask the triune God to continue to give us good health of body and mind, so that we can continue to unite in our worship to thee. You have been missed. ? FGK, your little boy may just need more time. April 2016 Please pray that my two young sons will always love, serve, honor and follow our ever faithful God and savior. “If you have faith and do not doubt, not only can you do what was done to the fig tree but also you can say to this mountain, ‘Go, throw yourself into the sea’ and it will be done. Faith and the Fig Tree. As ministers of faith, it is incumbent upon us to continue to seek deeper understanding of God’s Word in order to relay the truths that we find to others in order to help them in their Christian walk. I need prayer for my work to be noticed to as many clients. God bless your husband and especially you who will need strength and confidence to help you ti continue to be a loving mother to your beautiful sons. In this parable, God is the man, the fig tree is Israel, and the vineyard is the world. June 2015 Currently you have JavaScript disabled. The fig tree that you cursed has withered.” 22 And Jesus answered them, “Have faith in God. Louise/NYC. The Venus Flytrap. All you have to do is ask DAILY for the Holy Spirit to come to you & your family. Significant care and attention must be given to this tree before fruit is produced. Adam and Eve used fig leaves to hide their nakedness after the fall into sin. From Genesis to Revelation mention of its fruit and leaves are woven throughout. Our parish communities also works toward cultivating a welcoming atmosphere and encouragement to be actively involved in the life of the parish. October 2015 Prayer Thank you Carolyn. Jesus is going to use this fig tree to teach the disciples an important lesson concerning faith; hence, Fig Tree and Faith. Not only did Adam and Eve use its leaves to cover themselves in Genesis, the fig tree drops its un-ripened fruit in Revelation. I was pleasantly surprised to see your name at the top of this reflection Carolyn.Thank you for your wonderful reflection and for digging deeper into the use of the fig tree throughout the bible and in the teaching moments of Jesus. July 2016 Sunday, August 25 Faith and the Fig Tree is moving!! Your insights are so helpful in helping me understand scripture. June 17, 2004 . Greetings Carolyn, Thank you so much for your reflections. They may even be able to move mountains, though that is arguably a bit of hyperbole on his part. August 2017 Like the fig tree, the Jewish faith looked good on the outside, but despite its appearance it wasn’t producing any fruit. For the first time–ever–churches will be shuttered. March 2017 In light of this, any positive mention of a fig tree, or its good fruit, conjured up images of well-earned Godly abundance and goodness. My husband and I did not have family near us either so I realize how difficult this is. DAILY MASS READINGS AND REFLECTIONS @ ACATHOLIC.ORG, 30th Sunday in Ordinary Time Year A, October 25,2020-"Love or nothing". Openness to learn, to heal and not to judge – above all to love those who are different from us! Jesus’ faith was so confident that the fig tree would wither that He passed by the same tree that night to show the disciples the tree. October 2019 How are we doing? I know I need to work on non-judgement. April 2020 Carolyn, thank you so much for your words. August 2020 Dear God please open our eyes so we can see our faults and show us the way to correct them. Your email address will not be published. It’s not like I live on a farm or vineyard or wherever fig trees are really grown. This chapter also features a Markan sandwich. History & The Bible The fig tree is the third tree to be mentioned by name in the Hebrew Bible. This sermon was preached by Claire Biggs at the CCM Kingsway site of Christ Church Manchester on Sunday 24th November 2019. Trust in the Lord for the groups formed – that this is the doing of the Holy Spirit! NYC is filled with single people who live alone. There are two things to take note of here. I Really Learnt Something Today. I will pray for God to help you have more patience with this. As they near the fig tree, Peter points it out, and he and the disciples In order to post comments, please make sure JavaScript and Cookies are enabled, and reload the page. Fellowship I have in mind to use BISHOP Barron’s Catholicism series as a means of better understanding our catholic life as church today. Have we noticed any new growth in our soul and how we treat others? Pray For Me For Victory And Prosperity In Life. God bless and keep you and your entire family. May the Good LORD hear and answer all our prayers through Christ our Lord. God Dr. Douglas Wingate, Ph.D. Life Christian University. Christianity Culture All January 2015 The Jewish people also knew that it took time for the fig tree to grow. You will find that you will act in a confident manner when you live by faith. Family and congregation celebrations postponed. February 2015 Quite simply – the fig tree is one of the last trees to bud in the spring and so when it’s leaves are budding we know that summer is just around the corner! March 2016 God bless you in your vocation and perhaps you could look at this situation as God using your son to help you develop (even more) patience. Relationships Truly, I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, ‘Be taken up and thrown into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that what he says will come to pass, it will be done for him. November 2020 May 2014 ! Point 1 – Faith is defined as a “firm, relying trust.” Firm says it’s not going anywhere. Scripture In Question Oops meant to write “stay-at-Home mom” in comment above, Pls pray for me So i can pass the university interview and get the slot in University,if it’s God will,let your will be done Oh God, thank you for that wonderful and insight reflection. January 2020 August 2015 July 2015 Gratitude June 2016 November 2015 Jesus’ response to the disciples reveals more than what happened to the fig tree. May 2016 February 2019 Perhaps the gardener in Luke 13:1-9 is Jesus Christ who in the end will judge our lives. February 2020 Dear FGK, 'Truly I tell you, if anyone says to this mountain, ‘Go, throw yourself into the sea,’ and does not doubt in their heart but believes that what they say will happen, it will be done for them. To begin, during Biblical times the fig tree represented Jewish Nationalism, prosperity, and security for the Jewish people. Pray for my great nephew Jack James (JJ) born yesterday that his parents raise him bathed in God’s love and he grow up to be a Godly man. Please pray for us and share your thoughts about my plan. Please pray that my husband and I will teach and lead our sons by our loving, patient examples. So, they argue, Jesus was simply saying; “when the fig tree buds you know that summer is near – likewise, when you see all these things happening, know that the end is near”. You and your family and all here are in my prayers. The people of this nation are in a covenant relationship with God, and they might outwardly appear to observe his Law. May 2017 23 Truly, I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, ‘Be taken up and thrown into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that what he says will come to pass, it will be done for him. Amen. Jesus and the disciples return to Bethany in the evening; likely it's too dark to see the tree. October 2016 The fig tree provides unique symbolism in the Bible and understanding this symbolism can help us on our spiritual journey. And how can we better understand our place in God’s universe by developing a bit of an understanding of the fig tree? Thanks be to God for this beautiful reflection,Our lady of perpetual help come to our aid o Loveing mother. S) In Matthew 21: 18-22 we read that Jesus spoke to a fig tree and it withered away. Thank you Carolyn for your encouraging outlook and prayers for all of us. In the process of that we discovered how important, how powerful and awesome the Holy Spirit is! However, after many years of attending mass, receiving the sacraments and being involved in the life of the parish, it should begin to show in how we treat one another. November 2019 Yet, maybe that’s what we need. Thank you and may God continue to bless all of you. (Mark 11:20-22) Now it probably seems strange that Jesus cursed a tree just because he was hungry and was disappointed, but we’d be missing out on what Jesus was teaching His disciples if we didn’t look closer. July 2019 Using you as an instrument, spreading the gospel to everyone in catholic moment. June 2019 December 2014 It will be me and my two boys alone all summer long. Enter your email to receive notifications of new Daily Reflection Posts. Jesus answered and said unto them, Verily I say unto you, If ye have faith, and doubt not, ye shall not only do this which is done to the fig tree, but also if ye shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; it shall be done. Books Of The Bible Carolyn Berghuis MS, ND, CTN is a best-selling author, inspirational speaker, traditional naturopath, and free-lance Catholic writer. Thank you Carolyn for reflection and for the prayer petitions you help us in praying too. September 2020 I Accept Your Religious Faith, However, My Faith Is Inclusive of a Father God, Jesus Christ as His Holy Son, and the Holy Spirit, Because I Champion THEM as the True Keys to Life, Truth, and Physical Success!!! The fig tree you cursed has withered!' The fig tree that you cursed has withered.’ And Jesus answered them, ‘Have faith in God. The Spiritual Meaning of the Fig Tree The fruitless fig tree in this Parable was a symbolic judgement of the moral and religious character of the Jewish people. Jesus saw the fig tree in the distance. My own grandaughter had accidents at 5! July 2017 They were as … In an effort to be a little more organized and streamlined I have combined a few social media outlets into one website! May the Blessed Virgin Mary be present in each group – guiding Her Son’s children as a Mother – so many of her children are hurting and hiding – not recognizing – each have been gifted with ” balm ” and the ability to wrap those wounds with listening hearts and sighs of compassion! The Lord heard everyone’s prayers. Though other prayer requests may seem “bigger” being a stay takes prayer with each step. That our marriages produce an abundance of figs. September 2019 New King James Version Start your day out in a quiet place to pray- ask for the Holy Spirit to guide you. October 2017 (For the theological significance of this “intercalation,” see Overview, 11:15–19.) Hope Praise and be grateful for each time he gets it “right”. If you believe, you will receive whatever you ask for in prayer.” What the story means to us today • SLIDE #5 • Mark 11:22–23 (HCSB) — 22 Jesus replied to them, “Have faith in God. Bible Study withers, but the disciples have passed the tree and don't yet notice that it withered. It is especially popular among Christians who teach faith healing. January 2019 Yet, as Mark plainly says, it wasn’t the season for figs. He has faith in you and will give you strength in all your mothering. A little nap under the fig tree promised the ultimate experience of peace. March 2014 March 2019 Please pray for the conversion of my husband. January 2018 You are in my prayers as are the others in this group. The first three verses of this section form the second part of the story of the fig tree (11:12–14), which sandwiches the account of the cleansing of the temple. July 2020 Christian Living Carolyn is currently pursuing an MA in Pastoral Theology at Saint Meinrad Seminary and School of Theology. Faith doesn’t work in an uncertain or timid fashion, but faith acts in confidence. Jesus curses the fig tree and the disciples hear him. Notify me of follow-up comments by email. May 2019 May 2015 The fig tree provides unique symbolism in the Bible and understanding this symbolism can help us on our spiritual journey. I’m relying on my employer to deposit money in my bank account on payday. October 2014 I was surprised at how eager everyone was about joining the spiritual friendship circle. November 2016 Jesus responds to the disciples' expressions of wonder with a brief discourse on faith and prayer, and while this makes it less clear that the dead fig tree is related to the fate of the temple, in Matthew 24:32–35 the author follows Mark closely in presenting the "lesson" (in Greek, parabole) of the budding tree as a sign of the certain coming of the Son of Man. September 2016 Jesus told His disciples that they could do even greater miracles than withering the fig tree, if they had faith and did not doubt. I try to be patient but some days I get so upset. He’s getting ready to head out of the country for the next 2-3 months. 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