As it was in the days of Noah, so it will be in the days of the Son of Man. What happened in the days of Noah? We heard Jesus describe several destructive occurrences in the Old Testament that led to devastating and unanticipated death. But similar happenings also occurred in the time of the Son of Man.
In the Scriptures today we are presented with diverse personalities. St. Paul is inviting people to make a choice and he suggests that they consider modeling themselves on what they observed in him and his followers. In the gospel, Jesus tells us about a person who is quite clever and manages to save his skin by cooking the books.
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I have come to enjoy watching a program on National Public Television called Finding Your Roots. Each week the program explores fascinating ancestries and family mysteries of notable guests. Guests are introduced to ancestors that go back generations and, in some instances, the ancestors are from a notable blood line.
In the Luke's Gospel we hear the moving story of Jesus meeting a woman who had a debilitating illness. For 18 years she was bent over, incapable of standing erect. Jesus saw her and simply said, “Woman you are set free of your infirmity.” He laid his hands on her and she immediately stood up and gave glory to God.
“You know how to interpret the appearance of the earth and the sky; why do you not know how to interpret the present time?” Jesus asked that question today. If the truth be told, there are all kinds of comments about what is going on with the planet; the weather. We have sophisticated data but some among us also know it is going to rain because their arthritis is acting up, or dark clouds tell us rain is on the way, or the birds are excitable so it must mean a storm is approaching.
That was quite a list of sins or human imperfections that Saint Paul detailed for us his letter to the Galatians! It is interesting to note that sin, in all its disguises, have been around from the earliest of times. The good news is that Jesus came among us to show us a better way of life. The Kingdom of God is among us. We are temples of the Holy Spirit, and our work is to glorify God who is within each one of us.