A reading of the holy Gospel according to Luke 11:29-32
While still more people gathered in the crowd, Jesus said to them, “This generation is an evil generation; it seeks a sign, but no sign will be given it, except the sign of Jonah. Just as Jonah became a sign to the Ninevites, so will the Son of Man be to this generation. At the judgment the queen of the south will rise with the men of this generation and she will condemn them, because she came from the ends of the earth to hear the wisdom of Solomon, and there is something greater than Solomon here. At the judgment the men of Nineveh will arise with this generation and condemn it, because at the preaching of Jonah they repented, and there is something greater than Jonah here.”
REFLECTION: “This generation is an evil generation; it seeks a sign, but no sign will be given it, except the sign of Jonah.
When I meditate on Mary's last sword of sorrow, I see what my sins have done. I see what I did to Mary. I see her embracing, sobbing and holding on to His lifeless body. He will soon be entombed. Yet I still ask for a sign.
Unlike the crowds in Jesus' time, I have the advantage of the entire Bible, His teachings, retreats, spiritual leaders, miracles, saints and the Eucharist. Yet, I question, I doubt, I ask and demand a favor and a blessing. How quick I am to say, " I will do your will" and then pine away because my will was not God's will and so I demand a sign. Are you for real, Lord? Do you really care? Do you really love me? Show me.....
Jesus is God's sign and we need no other. He gave the crowd a warning to prevent spiritual disaster. The religious leaders doubted John the Baptist and are in the process of rejecting the Messiah who is right before their eyes. His message was one of good news. Many miracles were performed in preparation for the greatest miracle: His Resurrection.
God is continually seeking us out. He is daily pouring love into our hearts so that we may walk in His holiness. Delight in the Lord, recognize Him before you. He is not lifeless but lives and waits for us in the Holy Eucharist. What a greater sign to me that I am loved by God.
"Blessed be the name of the Lord forever." (Psalm 113)
God Bless You