The Forest for the Trees

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In our first reading today from Ephesians 4, St. Paul urges his readers to “live in a manner worthy of the call you have received, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another through love.” I love this passage of Scripture because it first assumes that we have received a call. It then goes on to tell us how we can “live in a manner worthy of the call” we have received. Not easy to pull off, but great practical advice!

In the Gospel reading from Luke 12, Jesus chastises the people because they know how to interpret the weather and the signs that the earth gives, but they have no idea “how to interpret the present time.” In other words, they couldn’t see the forest for the trees. They knew what it meant when the wind blew a certain way and when clouds rose up that there was rain on the way. But they had no idea that the Messiah was standing right in front of them!

Most folks are pretty good at seeing things on the surface. But so many today fail to recognize deeper realities - spiritual realities. If we can't feel it with our hands or see it with our eyes or hear it with our ears, we don't believe. God most often operates under the surface. You must have the eyes of faith to penetrate to the deeper reality.

Father, forgive us for the times we fail to see the deeper spiritual realities of life. Give us the eyes of faith so we don't miss the forest for the trees. Amen.

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