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Matthew 21:19 And seeing a fig tree by the side of the road, [Jesus] went to it and found nothing at all on it but leaves. Then he said to it, “May no fruit ever come from you again!” And the fig tree withered at once.
The next morning, Jesus experiences a very human emotion—hanger, a combination of hunger and anger. He is walking back to Jerusalem, and the fig tree has no fruit on it. In Jesus’ hangry moment, he curses the tree, and it dies.
In this season of remembering God’s incarnation as one of us, it’s refreshing to remember that even Jesus experiences the whole range of human emotion. Jesus truly is one of us.
MOVING FORWARD: Have you ever been hangry? How can understanding what drives our anger help us to deal with it?
Today the Church remembers Clement of Alexandria, Priest, c. 210.