Monday of the Sixteenth Week in Ordinary Time
EX 14:5-18; MT 12:38-42
We Wish to See a Sign
Some of the scribes
and Pharisees said to Jesus,
In general, we all want to see something new and magical. When I was a vocation director, I considered learning a few magic tricks to wow the crowds and to excite young people. A friend of mine, Fr. Hung, SVD, is a good magician. Before he talked about vocations, he did a few tricks to catch people’s attention.
In today’s reading, the Pharisees wished to see Jesus’ signs. They wanted more proof and excitement from Jesus. But Jesus said, "An evil and unfaithful generation seeks a sign, but no sign will be given it except the sign of Jonah the prophet.” Jesus was neither a pleaser nor a boaster. Jesus did not want to catch or attract attention or praise from the crowds.
I believe God's signs are happening every day. It is important that we have enough faith to see and recognize them. Maybe we should not look for a big sign, but a small sign, for example, the air we breathe in and out, the water we refresh our bodies with, the shoes we wear to feel comfortable and beautiful, the food we enjoy every day, etc.
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