(Part 201)


October 21, 2016

Today’s gospel:  Luke 12:54-59

In today’s gospel, Jesus asks us two questions that are very relevant to the New Evangelization. The first question is: “why do you not know how to interpret the present time?” (v.56c). The second question is: “Why do you not judge for yourselves what is right?” (v.57).

The first question is crucial, because we are already in the end times. Jesus was asked what the signs of the end would be, and what he described are what we are experiencing more and more these days. Not just wars, insurrections and natural calamities, but more especially, loss of faith, Increase in evildoing, many led into sin, rise of false prophets, hatred for and persecution of Christians, loss of love. If we do not realize that the final days are upon us (but knowing that in the Lord a day is like a thousand years), then we will go on eating, drinking and being merry, and when the Lord returns, will be unprepared. Then off we go to damnation.

The second question is equally crucial, because today values have turned topsy-turvy, with right becoming wrong and wrong becoming right. Many Christians, including Catholics, have embraced the culture of death–contraception, abortion, divorce, same-sex unions, euthanasia. Those who hold to traditional Christian values and decry these abominations are called bigots, homophobes and hateful individuals. In the West, Catholic politicians claim to be devout, receive Communion, but are strongly for abortion and same-sex marriage. If we do not know what is right, and continue with what is wrong, then we are headed for damnation.

What does Jesus call those who can read the clouds and predict the weather but cannot tell that it is spiritual crunch time? That the clock is running out? “You hypocrites!” (v.56a). Judgment will be severe for hypocrites like the Pharisees.

As to settling with an opponent (v.58), that should be done between brethren, or even with any others in normal times. But these end times are abnormal. Remember: everything is turned topsy-turvy. So the anti-family and anti-life forces will oppose us, and force us to do things against our faith, and if we do not, will sue us in court, where we will lose and be jailed or pay huge fines. Are we to then become quiet and not speak of the world’s abominations? We cannot. And so be ready to suffer as “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.” (v.58b).

The two questions are simple but profound, and your answers will be crucial, as these answers can determine the conduct of God’s work, and eternal life or death for you.

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