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Daily Bible Reflections Archive
| Theo Tigno
5/31/2012 1:12 pm
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|Friday, June 1st 2012
| Mark 11: 11-26
Jesus entered Jerusalem and went into the temple area. He looked around at everything and, since it was already late, went out to Bethany with the Twelve.
The next day as they were leaving Bethany he was hungry. Seeing from a distance a fig tree in leaf, he went over to see if he could find anything on it.
When he reached it he found nothing but leaves; it was not the time for figs. And he said to it in reply, "May no one ever eat of your fruit again!" And his disciples heard it.
They came to Jerusalem, and on entering the temple area he began to drive out those selling and buying there. He overturned the tables of the money changers and the seats of those who were selling doves. He did not permit anyone to carry anything through the temple area. Then he taught them saying, "Is it not written: My house shall be called a house of prayer for all peoples? But you have made it a den of thieves."
The chief priests and the scribes came to hear of it and were seeking a way to put him to death, yet they feared him because the whole crowd was astonished at his teaching. When evening came, they went out of the city.
Early in the morning, as they were walking along, they saw the fig tree withered to its roots. Peter remembered and said to him, "Rabbi, look! The fig tree that you cursed has withered." Jesus said to them in reply, "Have faith in God. Amen, I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, 'Be lifted up and thrown into the sea,' and does not doubt in his heart but believes that what he says will happen, it shall be done for him. Therefore I tell you, all that you ask for in prayer, believe that you will receive it and it shall be yours. When you stand to pray, forgive anyone against whom you have a grievance, so that your heavenly Father may in turn forgive you your transgressions."
Today's prayer intention - for those who are unemployed.
I have ridden in a lot of cars lately that have the bluetooth feature. It's amazing to see when you answer your phone or play a song on your iPhone and it comes through your speakers without even having to connect it. I am starting to sound like someone who is getting up there in years (even though I don't feel very up in years), but it is great to see the different advances in technology.
Yet, the purpose of every car isn't to integrate your stereo with your phone. The purpose of a car is to be a mode of transportation. It is easy to get lost thinking about the features of the car.
The temple was made to worship God. The tree was made to bear fruit. In one case, God restores the temple, and He overturned tables to do so. In the other, the tree had lost life.
Just like the car, it's easy to lose ourselves in the "features" of what we can do. We are made in the image and likeness of God. We are made for union with Him.
The other features of a car aren't bad. I enjoy listening a good sound system in a car. I enjoy having a smooth ride over a bumpy one. In the end, though, will what I am riding in get me to the place I want to go?
May the grace of the Sacraments help us get there. Take care and God Bless.