You know how to interpret

Credit to Author: Tempo Desk| Date: Thu, 22 Oct 2020 16:00:14 +0000

 

Gospel: Lk 12:54-59

*rff reflections today

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.”

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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
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