To read the texts click on the texts: Rom 7:18-25; Lk 12:54-59
The warnings about the coming judgement
continue in the Gospel reading of today. The text contains two clusters of
sayings addressed to the crowds. They are charged with hypocrisy in the first
of the two clusters for not being as observant of the signs of the coming
judgement as they are of the weather. If they pay attention to the slightest
sign of change in the weather, then they must also pay attention to the present
time, which is the time of Jesus and his works and words.
In the second they are warned to make
every effort to settle accounts so that they may be blameless when they are
brought to court.
While we must keep in touch with what is
happening around us so that our responses to different situations can be
adequate, it is also important to keep in touch with what is happening in us.
This means that while we need to take good care of our physical and material
well being, we must not do it at the cost of our spiritual well being.
Compromise is often better than
confrontation. When it is not a matter of one’s principles or when one is not
called to do something against one’s conscience then it is better to compromise
when some conflict arises. This approach saves energy, time and money.