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HOLY MONDAY

fig_tree_image2It is the day to remember the parable of the barren fig tree.  Jesus was going from Bethany to Jerusalem.  It was Monday, the day after His entry into Jerusalem.  The date would be April 4, of the year 30.

On the way He came upon a fig tree.  He was hungry.  He went to the tree and found that the there were no figs.  He said, “May no fruit ever come from you again.” (Matt 21:19).  The episode is recorded in Matt 21:18-27; Mark 11:12-14; Luke 20:1-8; John 12:20-30.  On reaching Jerusalem, Jesus first put an end to un­acceptable actions He found there, driving merchants out of the temple saying, “My house shall be called a house of prayer, but you made it a den of robbers.” (Matt 21:12-13; also Mark 11:1-10; Luke 19).

THE CURSED FIG TREE
(Matt 21:18-20)

In the morning, as he was returning to the city, he was hungry.  And seeing a fig tree by the wayside he went to it, and found nothing on it but leaves only.  And he said to it, “May no fruit ever come from you again!” And the fig tree withered at once.  When the disciples saw it they marveled, saying, “How did the fig tree wither at once?”

Courtesy of “Feasts of the Armenian Church and National Traditions” by Garo Bedrosian, 1993