“You hypocrites! You know how to interpret the appearance of earth and sky, but why do you not know how to interpret the present time?” vs. 56
There are times when we humans are pretty adept at making our predictions. Like folks in Jesus’ day we’re even skilled at figuring out what the weather is going to be, and we don’t even look at the clouds. A quick look at our phones will tell us precisely when rain will fall and when the sun will shine…and a lot of the time the forecast is right on target. But we’re not so good at figuring out the truth or consequences of words and actions when it comes to the social environment. For instance we still haven’t figured out that an atmosphere filled with insults, threats, lies, and hate speech will result in an outpouring of violence and destruction all across the land. So many seem to believe that there is absolutely no connection between the things they say and do and the things that happen. It’s actually pretty predictable: if we hurl hurtful and demeaning insults at our opponents, they’re going to fire them right back, and the conflict will escalate. Jesus taught his disciples to love their enemies, pray for their detractors and practice kindness and forgiveness in all of their relationships. When those behaviors can begin to dominate our social landscapes, sunny dispositions will most certainly follow!
Thought for the Day: Which brings most satisfaction: being kind or getting even?