I promised to come back and comment on the art piece after research and reflection.
Yesterday I spent the day with a friend in the hospital, that was my God-appointed task, perfectly suited and prepared for me. We were both blessed.
But if I had a schedule mapped out, well...it was preempted.
I did look up the parable in its context and felt it was a bit disconnected. The art piece is very interesting, rather stunning. I especially like the fig painted on the glass, apart from the picture of the fig tree itself. Maybe it's because I love figs. (Incidentally, cousin Rosie passed on the last few figs--real figs, not Newtons, mind you--for a snack on my train ride back from Chicago.)
Jesus spoke this parable toward the end of his ministry. The warnings are stronger, the teaching more authoritative. The example of the barren fig tree follows a series of life admonitions.
I am reminded of the Spanish expression ¡Ojo!, (literally, eye) and its accompanying warning gesture--pointing or pulling down on the corner of the eye.
Here is the list of Watch outs.
Be on your guard for:
- hypocrisy--everything secret will be exposed publicly!
- fear of persecution--it's only bodily harm
- blasphemy against the Holy Spirit--unforgivable!
- greed--can't take anything with you
- worry--it accomplishes nothing!
- service at all times
- suffering, distress, division--not peace
- signs of the times--like reading the weather
And, basically, the example of the fig tree is saying: "If you do not bear fruit you will be cut down!"
The man who took care of the fig tree begs for one more year.
Does the owner grant a second chance?
So, what does this say to me? And, what do I get out of the Art Pilgrimage piece?
It urges me to make the most of every day, every moment for the Master, the King.
I think the beautiful fig on the glass, separate from the tree, shows us the attractive fruit we should be bearing.
I question whether even this blog series is a good use of time and will bear fruit.
The reasoning behind committing to this: I am increasingly drawn to art forms and wanted to challenge myself in the area of interpretation both of the parables and their representations.
What do you think?