On Bearing the Fruits of Repentance (Mon. April 26)

The word of the day is “fruit.” Today in Matthew 21:18-43, we read of another astonishing act of the Lord.  We think of the Lord as merciful and longsuffering, and He is.  Yet as He returns from Bethany to the Holy City, He stops to pick figs from a tree on the side of the road.  But the tree was bearing only leaves. In response, Jesus says, “Let no fruit grow on you ever again” (OSB vs. 18).  Immediately the tree withers. The Gospel of Mark makes this seemingly spiteful action is even more puzzling.  Mark says that figs were not in season at that time (Mark 11:13).  Why then should Jesus expect to find fruit on it? And why…