Reflection on Luke 12:54-59 ~
It is easy to slip into thinking that Jesus is only focusing on the human condition of settling something before it gets out of hand. The rawness of the metaphor strikes deeply in our “trespasses” of each other. Jesus is also likely speaking about our primary relationship with God. Are we are counting on settling our debts with God after death during purgatory? What about God’s presence now, shouldn’t we already willingly be in purgation?
Luke 12 New Revised Standard Version Catholic Edition (NRSVCE)
Interpreting the Time
54 He also said to the crowds, “When you see a cloud rising in the west, you immediately say, ‘It is going to rain’; and so it happens. 55 And when you see the south wind blowing, you say, ‘There will be scorching heat’; and it happens. 56 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?
Settling with Your Opponent
57 “And why do you not judge for yourselves what is right? 58 Thus, when you go with your accuser before a magistrate, on the way make an effort to settle the case, or you may be dragged before the judge, and the judge hand you over to the officer, and the officer throw you in prison. 59 I tell you, you will never get out until you have paid the very last penny.”
Thank you for meditating on this Gospel reading and considering this meditation on Luke 12:54-59.