He also said to the crowds, “When you see a cloud rising in the west, you immediately say, ‘It is going to rain’; and so it happens. And when you see the south wind blowing, you say, ‘There will be scorching heat’; and it happens. You hypocrites! You know how to interpret the appearance of earth and sky, but why do you not know how to interpret the present time? “
And why do you not judge for yourselves what is right? Thus, when you go with your accuser before a magistrate, on the way make an effort to settle the case, or you may be dragged before the judge, and the judge hand you over to the officer, and the officer throw you in prison. I tell you, you will never get out until you have paid the very last penny.”
New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved. http://www.usccb.org/bible/approved-translations
I often think that I have a very feeble understanding of the Gospel. Jesus’ words often seem unreasonable to me. Why should I be able to interpret the meaning of current events just because I know low, dark cumulous clouds mean rain? Why would I go to court with my opponent if I wasn’t sure I was in the right?
Perhaps when I’m sure I’m in the right what I’ve really done is fail to listen, to offer mercy, to be compassionate. It is so easy to underestimate my own arrogance. It is much more difficult for me to trust that Christ and his graces will offer a more generous award than any magistrate would or could. I cannot control the weather; I cannot predict the magistrate’s decision, so, as challenging as it may be, I am left only to trust in God’s abiding love for me.
—Mr. Gerald Skoch, JD, serves as Vice-President and Chief Mission Officer at St. Ignatius High School, Cleveland, OH.
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