Botanical art by Asako Kuwajima (born 1948),
Drawn in 2016,
pastel and gouache on paper
© Society of Botanical Artists
The bud of a tree is a sign
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 Botanical Gouache
We looked some botanical art before (click aquí) where we discussed the ‘nature’ of this art form. 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 He uses of a tree blossoming 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. Not necessarily external signs, but more the inner movements in our heart. We are aware of what gives the heart consolation or desolation. These signs are feelings which will 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 literally in a very detailed and beautiful way. The flowers he drew are gone, but the tree will be blossoming over and again if nurtured correctly…
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