He also said to the crowds, “When you see a cloud rising in the west, you immediately say, ‘It is going to rain’; and so it happens. And when you see the south wind blowing, you say, ‘There will be scorching heat’; and it happens. You hypocrites! You know how to interpret the appearance of earth and sky, but why do you not know how to interpret the present time?
“And why do you not judge for yourselves what is right? Thus, when you go with your accuser before a magistrate, on the way make an effort to settle the case, or you may be dragged before the judge, and the judge hand you over to the officer, and the officer throw you in prison. I tell you, you will never get out until you have paid the very last penny.”
New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved.
We like to talk about the weather. We discuss what the weather forecast will be, observe the signs, and prepare. We talk about the weather all the time with just about anyone as it is safe, non-invasive, friendly conversation.
Instead of the weather, Jesus wants us to interpret the present times we live in. Today, we live in very polarizing times in terms of our politics, religion, and culture. In the midst of these polemic times, we are tempted to be solely around people who see the world as we do. Thus, we tend to “silo” ourselves in our social groups often because it is more safe for us to be more self-righteous and certain in the fact that how we see things is how things truly are.
Jesus wants us to engage differences and the “other”. He wants us to engage with diverse perspectives, worldviews, and opinions. He calls us into deeper relationship and fellowship with one another. Am I willing to engage in deeper relationship inclusive of those whose views differ from my own? Let us pray that together as one body of Christ all of us will come together to courageously observe and discuss the “signs of the times” with love, forgiveness, vulnerability and humility.
For only together as one Body of Christ can we heal the division in our world.
—Dr. Sajit U. Kabadi is the Acting Assistant Principal of Mission, Ministry, and Diversity at Regis Jesuit High School in Colorado.
Grant me, O Lord, to see everything now with new eyes,
to discern and test the spirits
that help me read the signs of the times,
to relish the things that are yours, and to communicate them to others.
Give me the clarity of understanding that you gave Ignatius.
Please share the Good Word with your friends!