Credit to Author: Tempo Desk| Date: Thu, 22 Oct 2020 16:00:14 +0000
Gospel: Lk 12:54-59
Jesus said to the crowds, “When you see a cloud rising in the west you say immediately that it is going to rain – and so it does; and when you notice that the wind is blowing from the south you say that it is going to be hot – and so it is. You hypocrites! You know how to interpret the appearance of the earth and the sky; why do you not know how to interpret the present time?
“Why do you not judge for yourselves what is right? If you are to go with your opponent before a magistrate, make an effort to settle the matter on the way; otherwise your opponent will turn you over to the judge, and the judge hand you over to the constable, and the constable throw you into prison. I say to you, you will not be released until you have paid the last penny.”
In addressing the crowds, Jesus points out to them their particular talent in predicting weather conditions. As a largely agricultural folk, they adapt their farming methods to weather conditions. The farmers know that a cloud to the west will bring them rain. On the other hand, a south wind will bring terrible heat and possible drought. The crowds are intellectually capable, but unwilling to see the signs of the new world that Jesus is br