33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time

  FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD Sunday November 18, 2018 Thirty Third Week of Ordinary Time  WORD of the DAY   Learn a lesson from the fig tree. When its branch becomes tender and sprouts leaves, you know that summer is near.  In the same way, when you see these things happening, know that he is near, at the gates.    (Mark 13: 28-29)   How shall I live this Word? It is comforting (that is, it revives strength in us along life’s path) to grasp all the expressions of the full maturity of Christ the Lord. Here it is evident that Jesus was familiar with creation. In Him there is no greedy exploitation of what nature offers us, but a conscious and serene gaze that – I would say – fraternizes with every good and beautiful creature.  Here it is the fig tree. Jesus saw the tender green of a branch that foretells the coming arrival of the summer season. Yes, of course, it is the branch of a productive tree, useful for food. But that’s not all. There is that tender insertion, which reveals in Christ Jesus a sensitivity, a lively emotion of His full humanity, vibrant and...