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Let your life keep on giving signals of hope and generosity!

Background Music: Panalangin
    Written by: Mark Anthony Cuevas
    Voiced by: Arlene Donarber

December 1, Friday of the Thirty-fourth Week in Ordinary Time
Daily Readings: First reading: Daniel 7:2–14; Gospel: Luke 21:29–33

Jesus, a keen observer and lover of nature, shares with us today the parable of a fig tree that can signal the arrival of summer so that people can get ready for the hot season. The energies of the trees and the universe stay connected, mutually influencing each other all the time. And the natural blessing the trees have is that they cannot produce negative energies through their choices. Their signals seldom go wrong.

We are also similarly interconnected with other people and nature. However, we are not as transparent and plain as the trees are. We can choose to be otherwise. So our signals may mislead viewers.

If we want to be honest in living parables, our lives should be lived transparently. We are also called to live with the awareness of the assurance of eternal life so that our lives can give true signals of undying hope for others even when end times get near.

The fig tree reminds us of all the trees. They bring forth fruits in abundance—more than what all of us would need. Even if we try to pluck them all, there will still be some hanging there in hidden places for the birds of the air.

All the trees and plants all over the world proclaim the divine nature of abundance that overflows. They invite us to become selfless givers of the fruits that we bear, creating flames of hope.

Hope in our lives can light up hope in others. The more we become living parables of hope, the more unafraid we become of the end times Jesus spoke of.

Let your life keep on giving signals of hope and generosity.


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