Jesus said to the crowds,
“When you see a cloud rising in the west
you say immediately that it is going to rain–and so it does;
and when you notice that the wind is blowing from the south
you say that it is going to be hot–and so it is.
You know how to interpret the appearance of the earth and the sky;
why do you not know how to interpret the present time?
Please, lets emphasize this one line. For this I will discuss: “You know how to interpret the appearance of the earth and the sky; why do you not know how to interpret the present time?…”
The truth is that I partially do know how to interpret the present. That demand vigilance, and observation, and an incredible amount of prayer. No, my interpretation is not perfect but it is a start. It is a reason for a vigilance in listening to the word of God. That word, that gospel counteracts the popular press and the opinions and the advertisements and the editorials of today. It counteracts the word and images that flood me. It is the reason that I read sacred scripture. The present time must, absolutely must, be interpreted through sacred scripture.