Leigh Hatts  

Fig Monday

Ripe figs in June

Fig Monday is an old name for the Monday of Holy Week.

Dried figs were once eaten today in some parts of England.

Bethany, where Jesus is staying, means House of Figs.

Today Jesus pauses on the Jerusalem road to point to a fig tree lacking fruit. This is possibly a hint of the Temple’s reputation or its destruction to come.

Fig cakes will be eaten at the Last Supper on Thursday.

But the big event today is Christ’s famous clash with the bureau de change stalls in the Temple.

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