Interpreting the Times

In Luke 12 :54-55, Jesus said to the crowd: “When you see a cloud rising in the west, immediately you say, ‘It’s going to rain,’ and it does. And when the south wind blows, you say, ‘It’s going to be hot,’ and it is. Sometimes, I think I would like everything to be predictable no unpleasant surprises everything to stay the same. However, in life we all inevitably face challenges that require us to embrace change.

So, what are some of these trials that test our capabilities? We all have situations that we need to tackle during certain periods in our life. From someone close to us being ill to people coming and going from our lives. Pope Francis gives the best explanation, “It impels us to reflect on how we evaluate the things that happen around us”. Thus, beseeching us to listen, to watch and observe so that we can discern the way forward.

Hence, what is the way forward? Jesus states, “You know how to interpret the appearance of the earth and the sky. How is it that you don’t know how to interpret this present time?” (Luke 12:56) Thus, I believe Jesus is asserting the way forward is for all Christians to adapt and continually change while living according to the Gospel values. That means being courageous and not living with fear but trusting that with God’s grace the decisions we make will create change bringing positivity and joy to the people in our lives.


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