Readings for Friday October 23, 2009
First Reading: Romans 7:18-25
Responsorial Psalm: Psalm 119
Gospel: Luke 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? (Lk 12:54-56)
Horoscopes, astrology, chinese fortune cookies, palm readers, flowers, flipping coins; these are some of the things that many people in our world turn to for answers in their lives. Now obviously not every one goes to these things, some others go to more credible sources, such as therapy, wise family and friends, or other healthcare professionals. We sometimes become too comfortable going to these worldly means of finding answers that we often overlook the best source for answers in our life, and that is God.
In today's gospel Jesus challenges that people by telling them that they are great at predicting the weather and other earthly things, but are blind to what is happening now. They are not even realizing that God is right there in their midst, and they have no clue that the kingdom of God is at hand. They are so wrapped up in their own comfort zone, that they are not even seeing what is happening. God calls each of us to step out of our comfort zone, to not just look at the world for answers, but to look to Him for the answers. We must realize that He is always there watching over us, looking out for us, ready to help when we ask for it. But how can we turn to Him when we are distracted by the world? How can we turn to Him when we are so used to going somewhere else for answers.
God has all the answers that we need in our life, but we must first recognize that He is there and turn to Him if we are ever to find the answers we seek. Lord, let they will be done!
Father above, we thank you and praise you for the gift of this day. Lord, you alone know what is best for us, and you alone know what we need, help us to let go of our own will and give in to your perfect will. We ask this all through Christ our Lord. Amen.