Everywhere a Sign
Monday, October 14, 2013
Monday of the Twenty-eighth Week in Ordinary Time
“When the crowds were increasing, he began to say, ‘This generation is an evil generation, it seeks a sign, but no sign shall be given to it except the sign of Jonah.’” (Luke 11: 29)
I wonder what Jesus would say about our generation? What prompted Him to condemn His generation? Can we learn something here?
It was characteristic of the Jews to demand “signs” from God’s messengers to authenticate their claims. Jesus knew this, but when pressed by the religious leaders to give proof, He basically says that He is the proof! He is God’s sign, and they need no further evidence from heaven than the person standing before them!
They had ignored Simeon’s prophesy at Jesus’ birth about what He was destined to become. They had already rejected the message of John the Baptist. Now they were rejecting Jesus as God’s anointed One.
So what kind of sign do we need? How about the many miracles He preformed during His ministry. Those are good signs. The greatest sign of all of course is something that we have that many in those crowds around Jesus did not have … His death and resurrection on the third day! What further sign could we possibly seek? He died for our sins so that we can be assured of the same resurrected eternal life with Him! If we seek anything other than that which is good and ordered by God’s wise plan, we seek in vain.
Give us Your wisdom and increase our love for Your ways.
Help us resist temptation, and allow us to desire to do what is pleasing to You and Your wise plan. Amen.
Friend of Avera,
ROMANS 1:1-7 ● PSALM 98:1BCDE, 2-3AB, 3CD-4 ● LUKE 11:29-32