CACINA

Give us a sign

Posted in homily by frtonys on July 20, 2020

In today’s Gospel we see that the pride and prejudice of the scribes and the Pharisees did not permit them to see the Messiah in Jesus, a “carpenter-from-Nazareth-turned-wandering-preacher,” these Jewish religious leaders demanded that Jesus should show some “Messianic” signs and miracles.  They would not believe that Jesus’ numerous miraculous healings were the Messianic signs spoke of by the prophets.

Jesus’ negative response: Calling them an apostate generation who refused to believe in their own prophets and who denied the hand of God in the miracles Jesus had worked, Jesus warned them that they would be condemned on the Day of Judgment.  Even the pagan Ninevites had heard the voice of the Lord God in the prophet Jonah, had repented and had been spared.  Nevertheless, Jesus gave the scribes and Pharisees “the sign of Jonah,” who had spent three days and three nights in the belly of the giant fish, the undeniable Messianic sign of his own Resurrection from the tomb on the third day after his death.

Let us recognize the God-given signs in our lives: Let us examine our conscience and see if we are able to see God’s presence in ourselves and in others, His hand behind the small and big events of our lives, and His provident care in our lives. Let us open our ears to hear God’s message given to us through others and through nature. Let us try our best to open our hearts to God and be receptive to His Spirit through our active participation in the liturgy, instead of looking for signs in weeping Madonnas, bleeding crucifixes and visionaries.

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