Mark 11:11-26 Reflection – Jesus is Hungry for our Love

Mark 11:11-26 Reflection

Is it possible that the inner story of cleaning the temple has a bookend parable because Jesus is hungry for our love after nurturing it? If love is not present, Jesus is dramatically affected. Accepting God’s love in faith is a great mystery, sometimes causing tears of inward joy, or powerful enough to move mountains.  Even with evil penetrating into our own sacred places, often times completely obscuring God’s love, Jesus is victorious if we reciprocally participate.

The Accursed Fig Tree James Tissot Brooklyn Museum

The Accursed Fig Tree, James Tissot, Brooklyn Museum

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Mark 11  New Revised Standard Version Catholic Edition (NRSVCE)

11 Then he entered Jerusalem and went into the temple; and when he had looked around at everything, as it was already late, he went out to Bethany with the twelve.

Jesus Curses the Fig Tree

 12 On the following day, when they came from Bethany, he was hungry. 13 Seeing in the distance a fig tree in leaf, he went to see whether perhaps he would find anything on it. When he came to it, he found nothing but leaves, for it was not the season for figs. 14 He said to it, “May no one ever eat fruit from you again.” And his disciples heard it.

Jesus Cleanses the Temple

 15 Then they came to Jerusalem. And he entered the temple and began to drive out those who were selling and those who were buying in the temple, and he overturned the tables of the money changers and the seats of those who sold doves; 16 and he would not allow anyone to carry anything through the temple. 17 He was teaching and saying,

“Is it not written, ‘My house shall be called a house of prayer for all the nations’?    But you have made it a den of robbers.”

18 And when the chief priests and the scribes heard it, they kept looking for a way to kill him; for they were afraid of him, because the whole crowd was spellbound by his teaching. 19 And when evening came, Jesus and his disciples went out of the city.

The Lesson from the Withered Fig Tree

 20 In the morning as they passed by, they saw the fig tree withered away to its roots. 21 Then Peter remembered and said to him, “Rabbi, look! The fig tree that you cursed has withered.” 22 Jesus answered them, “Have faith in God. 23 Truly I tell you, if you say to this mountain, ‘Be taken up and thrown into the sea,’ and if you do not doubt in your heart, but believe that what you say will come to pass, it will be done for you. 24 So I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.

25 “Whenever you stand praying, forgive, if you have anything against anyone; so that your Father in heaven may also forgive you your trespasses.”

Thank you for meditating on this daily Gospel reading and considering this reflection on Mark 11:11-26.