Link to today’s readings: http://usccb.org/bible/readings/102116.cfm
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.”
“Why do you not know how to interpret the present time?” Very telling words for us today. We allow liars, false prophets, and the promise of free everything to guide how we live our lives. We have become blinded to the truth of the Word of God and His message. What message do you follow? The world or the truth? We will be judged on how we live our lives. How will you be judged?
Prayer: Heavenly Father, your Word guides my life now. It was not always so and I regret the times I allowed the world to lead me, in place of you. I have learned to judge my life with your eyes and I beg your mercy when my final day comes, in Jesus’ holy name, Amen.
Lord, this is the people that longs to see your face.