October 21, 2016
by Tamora Whitney
Creighton University's English Department
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Friday of the Twenty-ninth Week in Ordinary Time
Lectionary: 477

Ephesians 4:1-6
Psalms 24:1-2, 3-4ab, 5-6
Luke 12:54-59

Praying Ordinary Time

It’s said that everybody talks about the weather, but nobody does anything about it. I think it’s going to rain where I am today, not that I can do anything about it. Jesus says people generally recognize the signs of weather: what clouds indicate rain, what wind portends warm weather, but they don’t see the signs right in front of them. Here is Jesus, right in front of them, performing signs and miracles. They should recognize his signs and miracles the same way they recognize storm clouds.

Paul says we have been called to care for each other and to acknowledge that there is one God who is father to us all, making us all brothers and sisters. We know this through Jesus who is one Lord. This is what he taught. This is what those people watching the skies should have seen had they been watching Jesus as carefully as they were watching the clouds.

Jesus says we need to judge for ourselves what is right. We need to see his signs and follow that path. We need to acknowledge his signs and make things right while we can. If we are called to court, we might want to try to settle the matter first. If we can make things right before, then we have no fear of fines or imprisonment from the courts. We need to make things right here. When we are called to judgement, it will be too late to make things right. We need to pay attention to the signs. We have been called. We are told that there is one God and one Lord. We need to follow his path. We need to pay as much attention to these signs as we do to the weather report.

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