Repentance may just be the most hopeful word you will ever hear.  Change happens, which means we don’t have to be chained to the burdens, the fruitlessness, of the past.  We don’t have to be weighed down by the same anger or hatred, the same fruitless failure of days gone by. Repentance, change, requires hope.  How can one consider such a thing without believing that a tired, old, barren fig tree can bear figs?  How can we begin to talk about repentance unless we believe our old barren lives can burst forth into love and hope and life abundant?  This takes us back, I think, to Jesus’ words spoken just prior to this text, “You don’t know how to interpret the present time.”   When we know how to decipher the present moment, we know to repent, to live this moment clinging to the hope that our lives will be worthy of glorious results, that we ourselves might bear the fruit of abundant life.  

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