July 25, 2014 7:00 AM

Voices of Faith: What should we make of the impatience of Jesus with that fig tree?

Jesus’ cursing of the fig tree is a metaphor. A hungry Jesus was not just being a jerk to an unfruitful tree, but was giving an example of how far Israel was from producing the virtues that God expects. The story is a warm-up act for his disgust at the money changers in the temple.

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