Do You See the Signs?
Do you rely on signs to guide your decisions? Perhaps you got to a fortune teller, look at anatomy signs, maybe you look at the standard signs for bad luck. I may not believe in signs in this perspective, but in my life, I do look at certain results coming from certain actions. From a Catholic perspective, God may not give us signs in the form of fortune telling to predict future events, but God does give us signals for determining right and wrong actions. Through past prophets, Scripture, and Christ, we are given guidance for leading a good life, and given tools to be the best version of ourselves. The greatest sign comes through continuous prayer and discernment, letting God lead us, and actively listening for His call, even through people around us. Are you seeing the signs God's presenting to you?
Today's Gospel states: 'And as some spoke of the temple, how it was adorned with noble stones and offerings, he said, "As for these things which you see, the days will come when there shall not be left here one stone upon another that will not be thrown down." And they asked him, "Teacher, when will this be, and what will be the sign when this is about to take place?" And he said, "Take heed that you are not led astray; for many will come in my name, saying, `I am he!' and, `The time is at hand!' Do not go after them. And when you hear of wars and tumults, do not be terrified; for this must first take place, but the end will not be at once." Then he said to them, "Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom; there will be great earthquakes, and in various places famines and pestilences; and there will be terrors and great signs from heaven' (Luke 21:5-11).
Today's reading talks about signs for the coming Kingdom. He tells them there will be a day when he isn't with them to give them spoken direction. The disciples are stunned, not prepared to be without their Lord, and scared to take action on their own. However, Jesus assures them, and each of us, that we are never really alone. God is always with us, preparing our next thought, our next steps. We are like these disciples, scared to go out if we aren't given direct instruction. It's difficult to take charge ourselves, and try to bring others into faith. God never leaves our side, and if you pray continually and are constantly discerning His will, there's no reason to fear, even if rejection comes your way. Take some time to pray and ask God to help you discern His will for your next steps.
Today we pray:
Thank You for guiding me in every move I make, every thought I make, and every breath I take. Help me to take time to pray and continuously discern Your will, Your future plans for my life.
I pray this in Your most holy name, Amen.