From the Word of the Day
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? (Luke 12: 56)
Jesus scolds His contemporaries because, even though they can read the material signs of the earth in order to make provisions for the changes of weather, they do not know how to value the Messianic times: the Kingdom of God and the Gospel, the Good News, that are present in their midst.
We must be active in regard to these signs, to know God’s will, actuate His message through the Christ who gave to human beings a Kingdom of mercy, of reconciliation, of peace.
The unwillingness to understand the evangelical proclamation and not actuate the Kingdom of God puts before us our responsibility, makes us live like hypocrites, and alienates us from human problems. Our intelligence was given to us to understand the signs that come from God, from our neighbor, from the circumstances of life.
O Lord, help me so that opportunism and indifference do not strike my heart and stop me from receiving Your Kingdom.
The voice of Pope Francis
Jesus asks us to think freely, to think in order to understand what is happening. However, the fundamental truth is that we cannot do this alone! We need the Lord’s help. Only then can we understand the signs of the times. The Holy Spirit gives us this gift: the intelligence to understand and not need others to tell us what is happening.
Istituto Maria Ausiliatrice, Via dell’Ateno Salesiano 81, 00139 Rome, Italy
Comment by Fr. Mario Maritano, SDB