FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD
22 OCTOBER 2021
29TH Friday of Ordinary Time
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.” (Luke 12: 54-59)
How shall I live this Word?
Confronting the ability to make meteorological predictions with the capacity to interpret the journey of history with our sisters and brothers, Jesus is inviting us to reflect on the connection between discernment and prophecy. He is telling us that in the end, we cannot be a prophetic presence in the world if we do not learn to illumine it and to understand it in the light of the Scriptures, if we do not dispose ourselves to see it in the same perspective as God. Very often, we prefer the darkness to light, we choose to totter in uncertainty and disorientation, rather than patiently and attentively listen to the Word.
Lord, in Your light we see light! Grant us the grace of opening our eyes to see and understand deeply the reality we are living, so as to direct it according to Your Gospel and be a prophetic presence in the world!
The Voice of Pope Francis, Gaudete et Exsultate, 166
How can we know if something comes from the Holy Spirit or if it stems from the spirit of the world or the spirit of the devil? The only way is through discernment, which calls for something more than intelligence or common sense. It is a gift which we must implore. If we ask with confidence that the Holy Spirit grant us this gift, and then seek to develop it through prayer, reflection, reading, and good counsel, then surely we will grow in this spiritual endowment.
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