Leigh Hatts  

Fig Monday 2020

Ripe figs

Today is Fig Monday which until the end of the nineteenth was the familiar name for this second day of Holy Week.

Flora Thompson, who wrote Lark Rise to Candleford, mentions eating dried figs at this time.

The tradition comes from the mention in the Gospels of a fig tree noted this morning by Christ on the Bethany-Jerusalem road.

Bethany means house of the figs and Bethphage, where the donkeys were tethered, is house of early figs.

Jesus’s curse of the tree for not having any early fruit is illustrating the nation and Temple to be spiritually barren. He mentions the tree again tomorrow when talking to the disciples on the Mount of Olives.

But first is the main event of today: overturning the tables of the money changers at the Temple.

Dried figs

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