As we walk through Holy Week it is good to consider the fruits of our work.
“Holy Monday – From Emil Bock on Mark 11: 12-25
Christ approaches the fig tree at Bethphage and wishes to show the disciples how little value should be attached to the “Hosanna” of the previous day [Palm Sunday]. All that it represented was the last fruits of the old visionary clairvoyance, given by nature, and bound to the body. The words He addresses to the fig tree are, as it were, a challenge to the whole realm of ancient ecstatic vision.”
Rudolf Steiner further explains this idea in a lecture about the Archangel Michael, who is the countenance of Christ.
“Michael is a being who reveals nothing if we ourselves do not bring Him something from our diligent spiritual work on Earth. Michael is a silent Spirit — silent and reserved.” January 13, 1924
We can ask ourselves where we are in the growth cycle. Are we still relying on the fruit that is produced for us, or are we producing our own fruit. Adam and Eve were given the apple, now the spiritual words are waiting for us (with eager longing* St Paul says) to give them the ‘apple’.
*”For the creation waits with eager longing for the revealing of the sons of God;” Romans 8:19
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