Gospel Reading: 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.”
Judge for yourselves what is right. Jesus calls for a decision regarding himself and his message. But the Pharisees do not accept him because of their hypocrisy, while the crowds do not make a decision for him. In routine human affairs, even ordinary people can make decisions when it matters. But when it comes to Jesus, they seem unable to read the “signs of the times” pointing to the rightness of Jesus’ claims and words.
When confronted with Christ and his words, we have to make a decision. He already said, “Whoever is not with me is against me” (Lk 11:23). Many of us, however, confronted with the invitation and grace of Christ, still say, like the young Augustine, “Yes, Lord… but not yet!”
“Oh, that today you would hear his voice:/ Do not harden your hearts…” (Ps 95:7-8).
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