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Read Luke 12:49-56

Thursday

Read Luke 12:49-56

49 “I came to set the earth on fire, and how I wish it were already kindled! 50 I have a baptism to receive, and how distressed I am until it is over! 51 Do you suppose that I came to bring peace to the world? No, not peace, but division. 52 From now on a family of five will be divided, three against two and two against three. 53 Fathers will be against their sons, and sons against their fathers; mothers will be against their daughters, and daughters against their mothers; mothers-in-law will be against their daughters-in-law, and daughters-in-law against their mothers-in-law.”

54 Jesus said also to the people, “When you see a cloud coming up in the west, at once you say that it is going to rain—and it does. 55 And when you feel the south wind blowing, you say that it is going to get hot—and it does. 56 Hypocrites! You can look at the earth and the sky and predict the weather; why, then, don't you know the meaning of this present time?

Good News Translation (GNT)
Copyright © 1992 by American Bible Society

Think

The reading from Isaiah and from the Psalm shows the people of Jerusalem asking why these things have happened?  As we look at the world around us; the conflict, the poverty; the injustice - we are inclined to ask why?  And we place the blame on everyone but ourselves.

Pray

Lord help me to recognize the signs of the times.  And when I see what is wrong help me to change what I can in myself.


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