Meditation: How good are you at reading warning signs?
Jesus expects his disciples to accurately read the signs of
the times! Seafarers and farmers know the importance of
spotting weather conditions for safe travel and planting. A lot of
effort is made today, with the help of science and technology, to
discern potential natural dangers, such as tropical storms,
hurricanes, floods, tornadoes, earth quakes, and erupting
volcanoes, so that people can be warned to take shelter before
Don't miss God's kingdom and power to transform your life
Our need for accurately discerning the spiritual condition and moral climate around us is vital if we want to avert spiritual crisis and moral disaster. The Lord is ready to transform our lives by offering us his kingdom of righteousness (moral goodness), peace, and joy in the Holy Spirit (Romans 14:17). - But we can miss it if we allow a permissive attitude that takes sin lightly or puts off repairing wrongdoing before it is too late to get reconciled with God.
Jesus used a very vivid illustration of a threatening lawsuit to
show the urgency of settling a bad case outside of court before a
worse sentence could be passed against us. Why did the neighbor in
Jesus' story make an effort to come to an agreement with his
adversary before the matter was sent to court for judgment? The
accused knew that he had a bad case which would likely go against
him in court. He quickly tried to come to an agreement with his
adversary to avoid receiving a worse sentence of being thrown into
prison and given a costly fine as well.
"Lord Jesus, flood my heart with your love and free me from all that would keep me from doing your will. Transform my mind that I may discern what is right and choose what is good and pleasing to you."
This reflection is courtesy of Don Schwager, whose website is located at: http://www.rc.net/wcc/readings/