In the Gospel, Jesus is reminding his listeners that they are good at predicting the weather from present “appearances of the earth and the skies.” Since this is so, Jesus warns us that it would be hypocritical refusing to foresee and not to predict the results of our cowardly conduct. And the hypocrisy becomes critical when our conscience refuses to control these divisive tendencies.
When the struggle involves our concupiscence regarding anger, greed, sloth, lust, gluttony, or other moral failings, we can expect the fight to involve victories and defeats. But there’s final hope of victory each time our resistance overcomes the evil tendencies. Obviously it makes us better prepared and a bit stronger for the next encounter.
We have no control over the signs predicting tomorrow’s weather. But we can in advance somewhat protect ourselves from the consequences. In regard to our behavioral tendencies, we can not only shield ourselves from their consequences, but cooperating with God’s grace we can even manage to control the destructive signs. With Paul we may ask: “Who will deliver me from this mortal body? Thanks be to God through Jesus Christ our Lord!”
By Howie Halb