St John Paul II

Readings: Rom 7:18-25; Ps 118[119]:66, 68, 76-77, 93-94; Lk 12:54-59

Focus: “Why do you not know how to interpret the present time?” (Lk 12:56)

Nature has a remarkable system of seasons. And we have become adept at recognising its signs.

In Jesus’ time too, the Jews were experts at predicting the weather (Gospel). However, despite seeing Jesus’ amazing miracles and hearing his wise teaching, they failed to discern what was happening before their very eyes. They could not grasp that Jesus was the promised Messiah whom their scriptures spoke about. Steeped in their own rigid beliefs they were blind and deaf to him.

Jesus’ teaching was radical. He spoke the truth: that he was sent by his heavenly Father. But the Jews stubbornly refused to accept his testimony. That is why Jesus repeatedly rebuked them.

We are in the midst of a pandemic that has engulfed the world. Across borders, religions, and social structures, a hateful virus holds sway. So many people have lost their loved ones. The scenes are enough to melt the most hardened heart. We are baffled. How can we understand these events? Do we correctly interpret the signs of the time (Focus)?

Perhaps we have forgotten the faith angle. Who are we to question God (Rom 9:20)? Maybe understanding is not the point; trusting God is.

Fruit: Let us not despair but strive to spread faith and hope where they are lacking. That is the best way to interpret and respond to the present time

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