28 Week Ordinary Time
Gospel: Lk 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
FINDING THE RIGHT FIT: In the Gospel, Jesus warns against a stiff-necked generation that does not repent before seeing a sign. People who are so adamant in their ways that they refuse to change, provoke God’s anger. Ninevites cared to lend their ears to Jonah and they repented. Thus, they were preserved. Their woes would have reached a climax had they ignored the call of Jonah for conversion. What we require is openness to God’s guidance. This guidance comes from within, and spreads to all who care to listen. This is the guidance that needs to inspire us as we work. The Church gives us daily readings of the scriptures and the sacraments, mainly the Eucharist and Reconciliation. These are food for the way. Through these, we hear the Lord asking us to repent and we shall not need to ask for additional signs.
PRAYER: God who guides our lives, may we move to a daily conversion and get closer to you.
GOD REVEALS: Luke writes his Gospel addressing Christians of Greek origin. For them, God is ‘the one who is seen.’ The Greek word for God, theos, has the same root as the verb ‘to be seen’ theastai. It is true that no one has ever seen God. However, He makes himself visible to us in signs. People who were initially not part of the covenant, the queen of south, or even those who are considered sinners, as the Ninevites, recognized the presence of God and were converted. We can acknowledge God’s presence in many signs in our daily lives. Everything around us speaks of God; People, events and the beautiful creation: they are visible signs of God’s love.