Prunus Yedoensis, 
Botanical art by Asako Kuwajima (born 1948),
Drawn in 2016,
pastel and gouache on paper
© Society of Botanical Artists

Prunus Yedoensis, 
Botanical art by Asako Kuwajima (born 1948),
Drawn in 2016,
pastel and gouache on paper
© Society of Botanical Artists

Gospel of 25 November 2022

As soon as you see a tree bud, you know that summer is near

Luke 21:29-33

Jesus told his disciples a parable: ‘Think of the fig tree and indeed every tree. As soon as you see them bud, you know that summer is now near. So with you when you see these things happening: know that the kingdom of God is near. I tell you solemnly, before this generation has passed away all will have taken place. Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will never pass away.’

Reflection on the work on paper

Jesus compares the bud on a tree, as a foretelling of the flower to come. Often events can also warn us for what is to come. The image Jesus uses of a blossoming tree is lovely, as trees sometimes don’t blossom, but they get a chance again to blossom the next year, or the next and so on. The tree has it aways within itself, when nurtured and fed properly, to bear fruit. So are we also given second chances over and over again by Christ.

Furthermore, Jesus is inviting us to be be alert and notice the signs of the times which will help us discern between what is true and what is false or merely passing. In a way, we are all always looking out for signs. We are good at discerning the external signs, but not so much the inner movements of our heart. We are aware of what gives the heart consolation or desolation. These signs can help us analyse a given situation and help us discern what the right path forward is.

Jesus draws from nature to make his point. Our Japanese artist of today, Asako Kuwajima, draws nature in a very detailed and beautiful way. The flowers he drew are gone, but the drawing is still here. However, the tree he painted will be blossoming again…

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Moira Cunningham
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Moira Cunningham(@moira-cunningham)
3 days ago

The drawing is beautiful. The reflection or parts of it, stayed in my mind so a day or so later I returned to this picture and the reflection to meditate on the words. So, thanks for that from a new member of group

mauropablo castrotijerina
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mauropablo castrotijerina(@mauro-castro)
4 days ago

Falto la traducción en español, de la reflexión, saludos.

Stephen Pigott
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Stephen Pigott(@stephen)
4 days ago

Charles, I enjoyed that! And thank you Patrick for surprising me with the image.

spaceforgrace
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spaceforgrace(@spaceforgrace)
4 days ago

I love the Gospel of the Fig Tree, it is so comforting too as we approach the darkness of Advent. Also I received a hopeful message yesterday, that someone who was lost to me may be coming back! God is good.

Charles Marriott
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Charles Marriott(@chazbo)
4 days ago

This picture ‘leafs’ me speechless!!

Anthony
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Anthony(@anthony)
4 days ago

This artist is my age. I wish I had as steady a hand!!!
Wonderful reflection Patrick, a real, and valuable spiritual insight. Thank you..

Graham Barsby
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Graham Barsby(@barsbee)
4 days ago

Very appealing picture. I particularly like the sprig of leaves and fruit. 1. The leaves comes with holes in them, they are not perfect, the artist has not drawn perfection he has drawn the leaves as they are. Surely, we also come with holes in us and Christ takes us as we are? 2. The exterior of three of the leaves come with the characteristic discs cut out by leaf cutter bees – again the artist has painted what he sees, not the perfect specimen.
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