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OCTOBER 22. Ord Time B. Wk 29 Fri. Lk 12. 54-59.

Jesus said to the crowds: ‘When you see a cloud looming up in the west you say at once that rain is coming, and so it does. And when the wind is from the south you say it will be hot, and it is. Hypocrites! You know how to interpret the face of the earth and the sky. How is it you do not know how to interpret these times?

‘Why not judge for yourselves what is right? For example: when you go to court with your opponent, try to settle with him on the way, or he may drag you before the judge and the judge hand you over to the bailiff and the bailiff have you thrown into prison. I tell you, you will not get out till you have paid the very last penny.’

Today’s Gospel queries why God’s people are so capable at interpreting earthly signs, but they are very poor at interpreting spiritual signs given them by their creator? One of the main “signs” they fail to interpret correctly is the sign of Jesus himself, who was sent to live among us to be a “light” that reveals the way our Father wants us to live!

And Christ’s lessons not only teach how to find happiness and peace on this earth; - but they also reveal how to access eternal life with God in heaven; - how to make atonement for our sins; - and how to pray; - matters far more important than interpreting the weather.

And then there is a need to be also be able interpret “the signs of the times” which, in recent days in the liturgical readings, St Paul has highlighted for us Christians to ponder; - in 2021!”

“The anger of God is being revealed from heaven against all the impiety and depravity of men who keep truth imprisoned in their wickedness. For what can be known about God is perfectly plain to them since God himself has made it plain. Ever since God created the world his everlasting power and deity; - however invisible; - have been there for the mind to see in the things he has made. That is why people are without excuse; - they know God and yet refuse to honour him as God, or to thank him. Instead, they made nonsense out of logic and their empty minds were darkened.”

And these were the “signs” Paul was concerned about, in that “what can be known about God is perfectly plain” but God’s people seemed unable, or unwilling, to acknowledge the Father or the disastrous consequences of their actions on his divine plan.

Since God’s people refused to see it was rational to acknowledge God, He has left them to their own irrational ideas and to their monstrous behaviour. And so, they are steeped in all sorts of depravity, rottenness, greed and malice, and addicted to envy, murder, wrangling, treachery, and spite. Libellers, slanderers, enemies of God, rude, arrogant and boastful, enterprising in sin, rebellious to parents, without brains, honour, love or pity. They know what God’s verdict is; - that those who behave like this deserve to die; - and yet they do it; - and what is worse, they encourage others to do the same!”

And it has to be remembered, these complaints of St Paul, from Chapter one of Romans, were made many years after the time of Christ who came among us to teach, to guide, and to be an example; - but his message, in St Paul’s time, was not being heeded.

Sadly, in the twenty-first century this is still the case; - with the common human behaviours referred to by Paul; - and condemned by Christ; - continuing to be prevalent today?

Gospel Acclamation cf.Mt11:25

Alleluia, alleluia!

Blessed are you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth;

you have revealed to little ones the mysteries of the kingdom.


First reading Romans 7:18-25 ·

Every time I want to do good it is something evil that comes to hand

I know of nothing good living in me – living, that is, in my unspiritual self – for though the will to do what is good is in me, the performance is not, with the result that instead of doing the good things I want to do, I carry out the sinful things I do not want. When I act against my will, then, it is not my true self doing it, but sin which lives in me.

In fact, this seems to be the rule, that every single time I want to do good it is something evil that comes to hand. In my inmost self I dearly love God’s Law, but I can see that my body follows a different law that battles against the law which my reason dictates. This is what makes me a prisoner of that law of sin which lives inside my body.

What a wretched man I am! Who will rescue me from this body doomed to death?

Thanks be to God through Jesus Christ our Lord!

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