READINGS for 2008-02-13
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“This… is an evil generation; it seeks a sign…” – Luke 11:29
Miracles do happen. Jesus performed them during His time. He continues to perform them now. They strengthen our faith, give hope and show God’s amazing power!
But when can miracles become “evil”? I believe it depends on the intention of the seeker of the sign and the results. If your faith would only depend on whether God would perform the sign you are asking for, then you may actually be testing God Himself. As if the Lord needed to prove Himself. Remember, the devil told Jesus, “If you are truly the Son of God, turn this stone into bread, or jump from a high place and be caught by angels, or save yourself from the cross.…”
We also need to check if there is true conversion and deep transformation after the miracle is granted. Or did it lead to arrogance, pride or indifference?
By all means, ask God to give you a sign — ask Him for a miracle! But just be sure that it will add to the faith that you already have in Him. Moreover, if your miracle doesn’t come, be sure you can still look up to heaven and say, “Thank You, Lord. You have a better one for me!” Alvin Barcelona
Is my faith dependent on signs? Or is God’s daily outpouring of love enough miracle for me to hold on and believe?
Lord, open my eyes of faith that I may see that Your love for me as displayed in Your crucifixion is the greatest sign of my hope and my salvation.
Repentance is at the heart of any good relationship with God. There is at least one certain fact in human living – we are all sinners. This means we all stand in need of repentance before God. This is why the basic Gospel proclamation always involves a call to repent. If someone preaches the Gospel without this call, they are not preaching the authentic Gospel.
1 The word of the LORD came to Jonah a second time: 2 “Set out for the great city of Nineveh, and announce to it the message that I will tell you.” 3 So Jonah made ready and went to Nineveh, according to the LORD’s bidding. Now Nineveh was an enormously large city; it took three days to go through it. 4 Jonah began his journey through the city, and had gone but a single day’s walk announcing, “Forty days more and Nineveh shall be destroyed,” 5 when the people of Nineveh believed God; they proclaimed a fast and all of them, great and small, put on sackcloth. 6 When the news reached the king of Nineveh, he rose from his throne, laid aside his robe, covered himself with sackcloth, and sat in the ashes. 7 Then he had this proclaimed throughout Nineveh, by decree of the king and his nobles: “Neither man nor beast, neither cattle nor sheep, shall taste anything; they shall not eat, nor shall they drink water. 8 Man and beast shall be covered with sackcloth and call loudly to God; every man shall turn from his evil way and from the violence he has in hand. 9 Who knows, God may relent and forgive, and withhold his blazing wrath, so that we shall not perish.” 10 When God saw by their actions how they turned from their evil way, he repented of the evil that he had threatened to do to them; he did not carry it out.
P S A L M
Psalm 51:3-4, 12-13, 18-19
R: A heart contrite and humbled, O God, you will not spurn.
1  Have mercy on me, O God, in your goodness; in the greatness of your compassion wipe out my offense. 2  Thoroughly wash me from my guilt and of my sin cleanse me. (R) 10  A clean heart create for me, O God, and a steadfast spirit renew within me. 11  Cast me not out from your presence, and your Holy Spirit take not from me. (R) 16  For you are not pleased with sacrifices; should I offer a burnt offering, you would not accept it. 17  My sacrifice, O God, is a contrite spirit; a heart contrite and humbled, O God, you will not spurn. (R)
Those who repent of their sins will find a weight lifted from their shoulders. This is an experience of the freedom of the sons and daughters of God. If a person refuses to repent of their sins there is a great danger they will be denied the gift of eternal salvation. Sin separates a person from God and the only way to heal that rift is for the person to humbly accept the merciful forgiveness of God through repentance.
29 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. 30 Just as Jonah became a sign to the Ninevites, so will the Son of Man be to this generation. 31 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. 32 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.”
2 Corinthians 9-13
think: The basic Gospel proclamation always involves a call to repent. If someone preaches the Gospel without this call, they are not preaching the authentic Gospel.
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Greater than Jonah
“The people of Nineveh will rise up at the judgment with this generation and condemn it, because they repented at the proclamation of Jonah, and see, something greater than Jonah is here! (Lk 11:32).”
When Jonah was sent by God to Nineveh to move them to conversion, the people readily came to accept him and his message of repentance. This is what Jesus was trying to point out to the Jews of His time. They have someone far greater than Jonah and yet they still demanded signs from Him to bring themselves to believe in Him.
The Jews were a privileged lot—they had the Scriptures to prove that Jesus was the Holy One from God, and yet they still refused to believe. They were blessed with the many prophets who spoke of the coming of Jesus, and yet they still remained blinded by their prejudices against Him. They were blessed with Jesus’ many miracles that were unheard of in those parts during that time. And yet they still refused to recognize them as clear “signs” from God. And so they demanded that He does something far greater than what He was and has been doing—they demanded for remarkable signs from God to confirm His being the Holy One from God.
So, Jesus had to do it. He pronounced His strong words of condemnation to the people who, despite their being fortunate and blessed by everything that would make them believe in him, refused to believe. Such will be the fate of those who fail to make use of their privilege to conform their lives with the norms set by God. Fr. Sandy Enhaynes
Do you still ask Jesus for signs or do you truly believe all that He reveals to you?
Jesus, I believe; help my unbelief. Give me the grace to trust in You and open my eyes to Your powerful work in my life.
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