The first reading presents the ultimate paradox of God: always “other”, yet ever “near.”  God is revealed in the burning bush as a God of holiness and power.  It is the image of the totally other, transcendent God.  Yet this is a God who speaks to and works through humanity, a God who acts in humanity, a God who acts in human history.

              Our Gospel focuses on our need for conversion.  In strong language, Jesus warns that if we do not change our ways, we will not be saved.  Yet this very warning is filled with hope.  We are always given the time and the help we need for conversion.  The image of the fig tree so simply illustrates this.


Our God is holy and is here with us.  Change your lives and believe. (Treehaus Publishing)