March 30, 2015
Matthew 24:32-35 - "From the fig tree learn its lesson: as soon as its branch becomes tender and puts out its leaves, you know that summer is near. So also, when you see all these things, you know that he is near, at the very gates. Truly, I say to you, this generation will not pass away until all these things take place. Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will not pass away." (RSV – Part of the Gospel for Monday)
Come, See, and Receive Christ - In the Gospel according to Matthew the event of the cursing of the fig tree comes just after the triumphal entry into Jerusalem. Christ curses the fig tree as a symbol of the failure of Israel – and every generation – for becoming barren for failing to see and receive Christ and His teachings. Our lives in Christ are not to be like the fig tree which does not produce fruit but rather should be like those fig trees that produce fruit in abundance. As followers of Jesus Christ we are already citizens of heaven. During Great and Holy Week we – as citizens of the Kingdom – journey with Christ to the Cross and then to the Resurrection on the Third Day.
- Matins: Matthew 21:18-43
- Sixth Hour: Ezekiel 1:1-20
- Vespers (Presanctified): Exodus 1:1-20, Job 1:1-12, Matthew 24:3-35
The icon is the Extreme Humility of Christ.