Scripture: 1st Reading: Rom7,18-25; Resp. Psalm: Ps119,66,68,76-77,93-94; Gosp. Accl.: Mt11,25; Gospel: Lk12,54-59
Human nature is vitiated. As a result of the fall of our first parents, every human person is prone to weakness and death. There is within each person a constant struggle between the good to be done and the evil to be avoided.
Our First Reading today paints a graphic picture of the human condition. It states the existential fact that nothing good dwells within any human person. The human person wills what is right but finds it difficult to do it. The human person wants to do the good, but finds himself doing the evil that he planned never to do.
This is the reality of sin and evil that lurks around to dominate the life of any human person. Every human person who has come to faith in Christ wants to obey the law of God, to delight in it. But it is the experience of countless too that there is within the human person another law that makes one captive to the law of sin.
The word of God today is very clear about these realities that every believer must struggle against. It tells us clearly that only Jesus can deliver us from our bodies of death. Only our Lord who died for us that we might become justified, has the power to save us from the destructive tendencies of the flesh and the law of death that it imposes on us.
We will be able to go to Jesus if we have a discerning mind. We will approach Him if we are convinced that He is capable of rescuing us from the sinking mud that sin is. This is why our Lord taught us today to sharpen our sense of discernment when it comes to the things of heaven.
Our Lord rebuked His generation about the fact that they knew how to interpret the normal signs of the natural world and from this make some correct predictions. In today's gospel, He was at a loss to understand why that same ability was not used in interpreting the signs of time, that is, the signs of the imminence of the kingdom.
Our Lord was at a loss to understand why they could not judge what they saw to be the right that should be done and the evil to be avoided. Since the crowd knew what it should do to seek reconciliation and avoid imprisonment in matters of legal litigation in a law court, why was it difficult to use this same insight to read the signs of the times as revealed in the words, deeds, actions and messages of our Lord?
We are called to do the good. The word invites us to realize that on account of our vitiated nature, none of us can do any good by himself. The word therefore calls us to greater discernment to know the good to be done and the evil to be avoided. To do this, the word invites us to look to Jesus our Lord, who alone can teach us to choose the good and avoid evil and who has the power to assist us to discern the signs of the times.
Let us pray: O God our heavenly Father, we praise and thank you for the gift of your Son. We thank you for the victory over sin and death that He won for us. Renew us daily through the merits of His suffering and death. Give us discerning minds to know the good to be done and the evil to be avoided. Amen.
May the Living Word of God find a true dwelling place within our hearts and souls today and always.