The tree was a big image for Jesus – he spoke truths of his message pointing at trees, like mustard seeds which grew big, vines that withered, and the fig tree which was common to his hearers. When asked about the signs of things to come, he gave no long homily, but just looked at the fig tree and said you know from this when Summer and winter is coming. In the same way we can sense his presence in our lives in different ways.
This may not help us to know about the end of time and the questions people had then, but it can get us to become aware of how God is present in our lives.
The word of God is spoken in the human words of many people. In kindly words, in forgiving and tolerant words, and also in the word of God spoken in the Mass, Jesus speaks to us today. Like the people looking at a fig tree, we can find his presence in the kindliness and the helpful words of another. This is the word of God in human form. It will not pass away.
The care of God will not pass away. Each of us is in the book of life – with a job to do. Something written for all of us to make this world a better place. We are called to be friends of the earth…friends of all people…friends of the poor. That’s redemption, Jesus and us working in unison.