The Coming of the Son of Man and The Lesson of the Fig Tree

November 14, 2021


Sunday Scripture Readings

DN 12:1-3 PS 16:5, 8, 9-10, 11 HEB 10:11-14, 18

Explore the Sunday Gospel


MK 13:24-32

Jesus said to his disciples:

"In those days after that tribulation

the sun will be darkened,

and the moon will not give its light,

and the stars will be falling from the sky,

and the powers in the heavens will be shaken.

"And then they will see 'the Son of Man coming in the clouds'

with great power and glory,

and then he will send out the angels

and gather his elect from the four winds,

from the end of the earth to the end of the sky.

"Learn a lesson from the fig tree.

When its branch becomes tender and sprouts leaves,

you know that summer is near.

In the same way, when you see these things happening,

know that he is near, at the gates.

Amen, I say to you,

this generation will not pass away

until all these things have taken place.

Heaven and earth will pass away,

but my words will not pass away.

"But of that day or hour, no one knows,

neither the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father."


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St. Roque Gonzalez y de Santa Cruz (Feast Day November 17) 

November 17, 1576 – November 15, 1628 

Roque Gonzalez y de Santa-Cruz was born in Paraguay in 1576 as the son of noble Spanish parents. He was an unusually good and religious boy who eventually became a priest. He ministered to the Natives of Paraguay, seeking them out in remote places to evangelize and instruct them in Christianity. After ten years he joined the Society of Jesus. 


These were the days of the beginnings of the famous "reductions" of Paraguay. The “reductions” were settlements of Christian Natives run by the Jesuit missionaries, who served as their guardians and trustees. These settlements remained autonomous and isolated from Spanish colonists and Spanish rule. A major factor attracting the Natives was that they were afforded protection from enslavement and forced labor.


Fr. Roque played an important part in establishing the reductions. He labored for nearly twenty years, grappling patiently with hardships, fierce tribes and with the opposition of the European colonists. He threw himself heart and soul into the work. For three years he was in charge of the Reduction of St. Ignatius, and then spent the rest of his life establishing other reductions, half a dozen in all, east of the Parana and Uruguay rivers. He was the first European known to have penetrated into some districts of South America. In 1628, Fr. Roque was killed by natives in an attack on his mission.


Take time to chat

  • Have you ever thought about Jesus coming back to earth? Why or why not?
  • What would it be like to see Jesus in all his power and glory?
  • In today’s Gospel, Jesus helps us to prepare for changes we will experience in our lifetimes and at the end of time. Is change easy or hard for you?  Explain your answer.
  • St. Roque Gonzalez was a member of the Society of Jesus and was a peacekeeper. How do you bring peace into your home, school, or workplace?


Recipe of the week

Fig Marmalade and Fig Crostini Appetizer

Large shady fig trees were plentiful in the time of Jesus and are still found in Israel today. This sweet dish is fitting as we reflect on today’s Gospel.

Fig Marmalade:

2 lbs dried figs

1 pound of sugar (2 cups)

½ Tbsp. anise seeds

3 tsp unflavored gelatin

¾ cup of water

Fig Crostini Appetizer:

1 baguette

1 log of goat cheese

1 small jar of fig marmalade jam

Boil sugar and water for 5 minutes. Add dried figs and anise seed. Cover and let simmer on low heat until figs are well cooked. Add Gelatin dissolved in 1 Tbsp of warm water and stir thoroughly to thicken, it will thicken as it cools. Pour while hot into clean glass jars. Seal immediately and refrigerate.

Slice baguette and toast slightly in single layer on baking sheet. Spread a layer of the softened goat cheese on each slice of bread and top with a dollop of the fig marmalade. Simply delicious!


Family Fun

Cloud Watching

Jesus says he will come back in the clouds. Spend some time today looking at the clouds, sharing what shapes you see, and trying to see what others see. Here is a fun poem:

This is a game you can play-

oh, what a marvelous thing

wherever you may be or go!

Needing only clouds and a day,

some like to go up in a swing

or lie on the grass below.

Find creatures as they drift away-

Imagination and clouds will bring

your very own circus show!


Other Ideas


Family Prayer

Act of Faith

O my God, I firmly believe that you are one God in three divine Persons,

Father, Son, and Holy Spirit;

I believe that your divine Son became man and died for our sins, and

that he will come to judge the living and the dead. Amen.

Liturgy Link

Liga a la Liturgia

The Memorial Acclamation is said or sung after the priest says, “The mystery of faith.”  Which of these three options were used at Mass today in your church?

a) We proclaim your Death, O Lord, and profess your Resurrection, until you come again.

b) When we eat this Bread and drink this Cup, we proclaim your Death, O Lord, until you come again.

c) Save us, Savior of the world, for by your Cross and Resurrection you have set us free.

Unleashing the Gospel in your Family

Haz Llegar el Evangelioen tu Familia

St. Roque Gonzalez y de Santa Cruz worked to protect the native people he served from slavery. One of the seven themes of Catholic Social Teaching is to respect the dignity of work and the rights of workers. Resolve to learn one new thing about this aspect of Catholic Social Teaching this week.

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Fun Facts!

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Figs blossom on the inside of the fruit so you won’t see any blossoms on their branches. In Michigan, fresh figs are in season August through October.