Father Steven Reilly, LC
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 hypocrites! You know how to interpret the
appearance of the earth and the sky; why do you
not know how to interpret the present time? Why
do you not judge for yourselves what is right?
If you are to go with your opponent before a
magistrate, make an effort to settle the matter on
the way; otherwise your opponent will turn you over to
the judge, and the judge hand you over to
the constable, and the constable throw you into prison.
I say to you, you will not be released until
you have paid the last penny."
Lord, I believe that you are here with me.
I have come to honor and adore you. Your
love sustains me. I want to love you more in
Petition: Lord, allow me to
comprehend your providence more deeply.
Signs: Jesus expresses some indignation with the spiritual obtuseness
of his listeners; in other words, they don’t get
it! When it comes to earthly matters, they can put
two and two together in an almost infallible manner.
A dim dullness, however, has the upper hand when
the spiritual realm is broached. Why? Possibly because they
were not bothering to ponder what the sign of Jesus’
presence, miracles and words really meant. They remained on
the superficial level without plumbing the depths. Superficiality inhibits
our own spiritual progress as well. Seeing signs isn’t
so much a matter of being able to pick out
the shape of a tabernacle or cross in a
passing cloud, but of deep and prayerful consideration of
the love of God in our lives.
Presence: People who live a life of consistent prayer
are much more in tune with God’s presence. Where
others see coincidence, they see providence. This gives them a
profound sense of peace. They know that God is
in charge and that they don’t have to figure
out everything for themselves. The world doesn’t rest on their
shoulders, but on God’s. So instead of complaining or
worrying, they live in an atmosphere of trust and
3. Paying Attention: God’s providence guides all things.
We know this through faith and sometimes he sends
a sign to say, “Yes, I’m indeed here.” Once
a Legionary priest was driving down the road in Virginia
and his thoughts were taken up with a difficulty
he was having with a particular person. “How should
I handle this,” he asked himself. A car pulled out
in front of him. Virginia is known for its
high number of vanity license plates, and this one
left him scratching his head. The license plate read “CARITAS”,
which is Latin for “charity.” Was it just a
coincidence? He couldn’t deny that this was the answer
he was looking for. The signs that invite us to
be more Christ-like are the ones to which we
need to pay the most attention.
with Christ: Lord, the times I really don’t pick up
on the signs you send me are when they
challenge my resistance to your grace. Help me to overcome
my spiritual superficiality and perceive your presence in my
Resolution: I will try
to be prompt in following the inspirations of the Holy