the fig tree will die expressly because of inactivity and unproductiveness. In the long run thisbecomes ‘the greater sin’” (J. Fitzmyer).
“A fig tree absorbs a specially large amount of nourishment and hence deprives thesurrounding vines of their needed sustenance” (J. Jeremias).
This parable about the barren fig tree in its import is redolent of Christ’s discourse about thevine and the branches (Jn 15:1-10; see also Mic 4:4 and Joel 2:22)—among Christ’s finalwords the night before he dies at the Last Supper: “Apart from me you can do nothing.”3.
References to the Catechism of the Catholic Church
(ABOUT “I AM WHO AM”):
God calls Moses from the midst of a bush that burns without being consumed….He is the faithful and compassionate God who remembers them and his promises; he comesto free their descendants from slavery. He is the God who, from beyond space and time, cando this and wills to do it, the God who will put his almighty power to work for this plan.”
“In revealing his mysterious name, YHWH (‘I AM HE WHO IS’, ‘I AM WHO AM’ or‘I AM WHO I AM’), God says who he is and by what name he is to be called. This divinename is mysterious just as God is mystery. It is at once a name revealed and something likethe refusal of a name, and hence it better expresses God as what he is—infinitely aboveeverything that we can understand or say: he is the ‘hidden God’, his name is ineffable, andhe is the God who makes himself close to men.”
CCC 209: “In the reading of Sacred Scripture [by the people of Israel], the revealed name(YHWH) is replaced by the divine title ‘LORD’ (in Hebrew
, in Greek
). It is underthis title that the divinity of Jesus will be acclaimed: ‘Jesus is LORD.’”
CCC 210: “After Israel's sin…the LORD passes before Moses and proclaims, ‘YHWH,YHWH, a God merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast love andfaithfulness’; Moses then confesses that the LORD is a forgiving God.”
“The divine name, ‘I Am’ or ‘He Is’, expresses God's faithfulness: despite thefaithlessness of men’s sin and the punishment it deserves, he keeps ‘steadfast love forthousands.’ By going so far as to give up his own Son for us, God reveals that he is ‘rich inmercy.’ By giving his life to free us from sin, Jesus reveals that he himself bears the divinename: ‘When you have lifted up the Son of man, then you will realize that I AM.’”
CCC 213: “The revelation of the ineffable name ‘I AM WHO AM’ contains then the truth thatGod alone IS…. God is the fullness of Being and of every perfection, without origin andwithout end. All creatures receive all that they are and have from him; but he alone is his verybeing, and he is of himself everything that he is.”
CCC 446: “In the Greek translation of the Old Testament, the ineffable Hebrew nameYHWH, by which God revealed himself to Moses, is rendered as
, ‘Lord.’ From then