My Words Will Not Pass Away

Jesus told his disciples a parable.
“Consider the fig tree and all the other trees.
When their buds burst open,
you see for yourselves and know that summer is now near;
in the same way, when you see these things happening,
know that the Kingdom of God is near.
Amen, I say to you, this generation will not pass away
until all these things have taken place.
Heaven and earth will pass away,
but my words will not pass away.”
(Luke 21:29-33)

Scripture Study

21:29–33 Jesus delivers a parable about a fig tree, encouraging His disciples to discern the signs of the times. Compare Matt 24:32–36; Mark 13:28–32.

21:31 when you see these things happening Refers to the events Jesus describes in vv. 8–28—especially the final signs before His second coming (vv. 25–28). the kingdom of God The culmination of apocalyptic events is the arrival of the Son of Man—Jesus—in power and glory (v. 27) and the full establishment of God’s reign.

21:32 this generation Jesus seems to be referring to the present age of humanity (before God’s rule is fully established). The context of Jesus’ remarks is the final judgment (Mark 13:26–27), which will occur at a time known only to the Father (v. 32). This seems to rule out the possibility that Jesus is referring only to the generation of people in His day.

21:33 Heaven and earth will pass away Compare Rev 21:1–8.

Scripture Reflection

Friends, in today’s Gospel passage Jesus speaks of the time when the plan of God will be fulfilled. Some philosophies defend a circular or cyclical understanding of time. They hold that time just continually circles back on itself, repeating like the cycles of the seasons. The modern philosopher Nietzsche spoke of the “eternal return of the same.” That’s a mythic consciousness, and it can be found all over the world.

But the Jews had a very different sense of time, what we might call “linear.” They felt that time was moving somewhere, that it had, under God’s direction, a purpose. The past was not simply there to be repeated endlessly; rather, the past was a preparation for a definitive future. It was an anticipation of what God would do, what God was going to accomplish.

– Bishop Robert Barron

May the virtues of faith, hope, and love go with you today – DV.