Friday Year II
Gospel of Luke 21:29-33 Reflection:
After a very long first reading from Revelations which is full of dire warnings of the end times, the gospel, which is taken from Luke, seems rather mild and timid and thankfully shorter. However, it also carries a very serious message about being able to read the signs of the times.
Jesus says that when we see trees in bud we know summer is near. Referring to the predictions he spoke of earlier in the chapter, Jesus tells his followers to look at what is going on around them and to understand from these things what is happening.
How can we apply this to our own lives?
God is always talking to us, telling us what he wants us to do and what is best for us. It may be an e mail from a friend or a call in our heart to spend more time in prayer. But there are other more obvious signs that we tend to ignore: since I hit sixty, it is not hard for me to understand that I need to be doing more reflecting on life and how I have lived and what amends I need to make.
There are so many ways that God uses to show us that we need to be thinking a bit more deeply about life. Even the sickness of a friend should cause us to realize that someday these things are going to happen to us as well.
I often wonder why we never seem to learn. Getting older does not cause us to pause, others dying in our age group and sickness in our friends appears to bring up that feeling that it is never going to happen to me.
A wonderful species, we are, so intelligent and so slow to learn!