Our first reading from Paul’s Letter to the Romans, and our Gospel from Chapter Twelve of Luke are both wonderful passages. Let me say a word about each.
You would do well to make Paul’s words your own. To God, you might say:
“I take delight in your law with my inner self, but I see in my members another principle at war with the law of my mind. Miserable one that I am, who will deliver me from this mortal body?
Thanks be to God, you will find deliverance through Jesus Christ, Our Lord!”
Let us switch to taking a brief look at the Gospel where Jesus speaks to you, saying,
“You know how to interpret the appearance of earth and sky, why do you not know how to interpret the present time?”
At another place Jesus expressed the same thought, saying, “You must read the signs of the times.”
Although the Gospel of Jesus never changes, yet it must be applied in different ways to different ages. Reading “the signs of the times” requires our carefully discerning what our present circumstances call for.