“Learn this parable from the fig tree. After its branch becomes tender and it sprouts new leaves, you know that summer is near. In the same way, when you see these things happening, you know that he’s near, at the door. I assure you that this generation won’t pass away until all these things happen. Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will certainly not pass away.”
Mark 13:28-31, Common English Bible (c) 2011
Jesus’ word will not pass away. What he taught through word and action will not disappear. His death on a cross did not erase what he had done. The crucifixion could not kill the living word that had taken root in Jesus’ first disciples. His resurrection led to stories of Jesus being told over and over and over again. Jesus’ word continues to take root in every generation, in times and places utterly foreign to first century Palestine. Faithful to the end, Jesus shows us how to live faithfully.
So, I wonder, what words of Jesus remain close to your heart? Which stories are rooted in your very being, giving life?
-Teressa Clark, 2012, 2019
Lenten Reflections 2019: Following Jesus from the Mount of Olives to the Tomb ~ Day 20