Jesus asked those around him if they didn’t recognize the “signs of the times,” the situation in Israel when Christ was ministering to those on the margins and those opposed by Roman rule. This term has been used in Catholic social tradition as our popes and bishops respond to what is happening in the world.
“What path does the Lord want? Always with the spirit of intelligence with which to understand the signs of the times. It is beautiful to ask the Lord for this grace.” ﹣Pope Francis, Homily, November 29, 2013