- Fr. Howard Thompson
Discernment is given to believers for us to pay attention to ‘the signs of the times’, in order to see the grace of God in all experiences. This grace guides, strengthens and empowers us to give thanks and praise to a benevolent God, who is constantly working to draw us closer into His saving presence. God’s goodness is aimed at our salvation. In today’s gospel, Jesus reveals the reality of His saving mission and our participation as His disciples. He points to the ultimate value of being reconciled (Lk. 12:58). Reconciliation leads to the restoration of relationships and pardon from being sentenced. The current times are filled with rage, anger, conflict and condemnation. By reading these ‘signs of the times’, ours is now the task to not only give thanks to God for being reconciled through Christ (Col. 1:19-20), but also reveal Christ to others by our genuine love, and our work at being reconciled with all. Lord Jesus, we thank you for being our Lamb whose sacrifice has reconciled us to the Father. May the sacrifice of our will and lives lead to the gift of being reconciled with our brothers and sisters. Amen.