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Seeking a Sign?
Gospel Reflection for October 16, 2023
“While still more people gathered in the crowd, he 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.’” (Luke 11:29-32 NABRE)
Do you ever wish God would do more to reveal His presence in your life or in the world? Or do you know someone who lacks faith because they believe that God, if He exists, could do more to make Himself known?
I think that because we hear it so often, the magnificence of what God has done to reveal Himself to us has become dull in our minds. Perhaps we’ve allowed Jesus’ life, death, and resurrection to become old news rather than the GOOD NEWS.
But why should we blame God of anything, when we are the ones who’ve become numb to the incredible lengths He indeed has taken to help us know Him better?! We must rather reflect anew on the Lord’s works and rediscover the glory of His ways.
God, the Creator of all, became man, one of us, in the person of Jesus Christ, and lived a holy and sinless life. He taught us how we must conduct our lives so that we might inherit eternal life. He revealed to us what the Kingdom of God is like, and what we must do to enter it. He established the Church, His bride, on earth. Jesus, innocent and pure, took on our sins and suffered the punishment that would have been ours. He was killed, but our Lord overcame death by resurrecting and ascending into Heaven. And now, by taking Jesus as our Savior, we have the opportunity to live eternally with our God in Heaven.
How truly amazing is our God!
This is the sign that Jesus refers to in today’s Gospel. Though many will not accept it, may we trust God and His works, and may this incredible sign that He has given to us—the Good News(!)—be enough to instill us with faith.