I, the prisoner in the Lord, implore you to lead a life worthy of your vocation. Bear with one another charitably, in complete selflessness, gentleness and patience. Do all you can to preserve the unity of the Spirit by the peace that binds you together. There is one Body, one Spirit, just as you were all called into one and the same hope when you were called. There is one Lord, one faith, one baptism, and one God who is Father of all, over all, through all and within all.
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.’
“How is it you do not know how to interpret these times?”
I have struggled with my weight all through my life. Ever since I can remember (even from primary school), I have been told to not eat so much, choose the right foods, exercise regularly and get sufficient rest. When I hit my late twenties, I started drinking alcohol as well and made bad choices when it came to my health. I knew what would happen if Icontinued to make bad choices, and yet chose not todo what I knew to be good for myself.
In today’s Gospel, Jesus talked about such behaviour. The three examples He talks about seems logical. In the first, reading the signs that anticipate that rain was coming, and indeed having it come. In the second, judging that hot weather was arriving simply by reading the direction of the wind, and having the hot weather arrive. In the last, our Lord talks about someone in a dispute with another person. Instead of trying to settle the matter before going to court, this person chooses to risk it by fighting it out in court, only to lose and having to pay the full price for his folly.
I have often wondered about this reading. It just makes perfect sense to anticipate and to take steps to prevent “bad” things from happening. Yet, like how I chose to ignore good advice, people also tend to ignore what is obvious (at least to others around them).
Sometime ago, I was reflecting on the book of Exodus in the Old Testament (when God liberated the Israelites from slavery, demonstrating many miracles in the process). Moses had led the Israelites out of Egypt and while he was on Mount Sinai, the Isaralites wasted no time in smelting all their gold to create a golden calf to worship! All this despite the fact that all the miracles proved that the God of the Israelites is the obvious One True God!
Similarly, in the Gospel and in our lives, we see that Jesus is our one true saviour. Let us take the necessary steps to act on our belief in God, the Holy Trinity, in eternal life and the communion of saints!
(Today’s OXYGEN by Paul Wee)
Prayer: We pray that we will have the strength, fortitude and urgency to act on our faith in You Lord. Help us Father to be guided by the Spirit and to grow in love for You!
Thanksgiving: Thank You for showering us with Your love. Thank You for your patience with us, in spite of us being open. Thank You Father!