The Second Vatican Council in the 1960s challenged the Church to be attentive to the “signs of the times.” The idea was that just as colored leaves signaled the change of seasons from fall to winter, so too the events of our lives could signal something to us as well. But this is only true with faith. If we do not see the world through the eyes of faith, then we cannot make sense of where God may be active in the world.
As we approach the end of the Church year, and the beginning of a new year, it is important for us to be attentive to where Jesus is active in our world. What signs of progress should we observe? What areas do we need a push in the right direction to fix? What is our role in recognizing how God is active in the world?