Discerning the Signs

Luke 12: 54-59
Eph 4:1-6/ Ps 24: 1- 6

You understand the signs of the earth and the sky, but you don’t understand the present times.
(Luke 12:56)

If we read God’s Word all our days
We will learn to judge what is right
It will lead us in subtle ways
To discern God’s will in our life.

Jesus said to the crowds, “When you see a cloud rising in the west, you say at once: ‘Rain is coming,’ and so it happens. And when the wind blows from the south, you say: ‘It will be hot,’ and so it is. You hypocrites! You understand the signs of the earth and the sky, but you don’t understand the present times. And why do you not judge for yourselves what is right? When you go with your accuser before the court, try to settle the case on the way, lest he drag you before the judge and the judge deliver you to the jailer, and the jailer throw you in prison. I tell you, you will not get out until you have paid the very last penny.”


Ever since man began to cultivate the land and grow his own food, he had become adept in anticipating the forces of nature. Modern technology has enabled man to forecast climatic changes and weather turbulences, like the El Niño, and typhoons that periodically come to ravage coastal areas. But despite the advances that we have achieved in predicting natural phenomena, we have remained as inadequate as the Jews were during the time of our Lord in interpreting the vital signs that affect the more important considerations in our lives. For instance, in the matter of health: the high incidence of cancer even among many in the prime of their lives, and other avoidable desease, like bronchial disorders such as emphysema and tubercolosis, strokes and cardio-vascular ailments are all symptoms of a careless, lavish lifestyle, where excesses and waste have become the norm. The spectre of AIDS alone should be enough of an omen to convince mankind of the need to overhaul our moral values.

The freakish disorders that we observe in our world today, whether natural or man-made, are symptomatic of what our Lord had been warning us time and again in Holy Scriptures. Why can’t we “interpret the present time?” It is because we have turned our attention from the Word of God, and have instead put our confidence and trust in our own abilities, in the modern gizmos that the present age now offers, in the instant, warpspeed knowledge that we can access at the touch of our fingertip, or the click of a mouse. With all the modern distractions around us, we no longer have time to meditate and pray, to contemplate on God’s messages in the Bible, or even open an email message that bears the title “Gospel Reflection” for that day.

Is it any wonder that we fail to see where our life is heading? Stop for a moment and look at the signs. Are they the right directions that will lead you to your final and rightful destination? Jesus said, “Seek ye first the kingdom of God…” and all will be well for you.

He shall receive a blessing from the Lord, a reward from God his Savior. Such is the race that seeks for Him, that seeks the face of the God of Jacob. (Psa 24:5-6)

Father in heaven, grant us the grace to discern the more important things in life that we should be more concerned about, like purifying our hearts and minds by receiving You more often in the Holy Eucharist of the mass, by seeking guidance in Your Holy Scriptures whenever confronted by signs that we fail to understand, and by committing ourselves totally to whatever ministries are entrusted to us in our community. All these we pray in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. Amen.

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