Monday, October 13, 2014

Reflection: Luke 11:29-32

Luke 11:29-32 – 28th Week of Ordinary Time

Today we see a Jesus who is upset and extremely perturbed. The crowd keeps asking him “for a sign.” Most likely they want to see Jesus perform a miracle, perhaps to heal someone or to raise someone from the dead. They want Jesus to do something fantastic. They want proof that he truly is a miracle worker.

As Jesus listens to their requests he gets extremely angry with them. The people were not coming out to hear his word or to have their hearts and minds changed. They came wanting to see something miraculous. Many came because they wanted to see Jesus, the “wonder worker.” Jesus hoped that they had come to listen to his Word and to experience a change of heart.

At times, we also come to Jesus wanting a “sign.” We may come to him hoping for a miracle! Do we come to Jesus only because we are “in need” or desperate? Or do we come to him yearning to be his presence and to experience his strength and his grace?

Today as we come to Jesus, may we simply trust that Jesus is with us! And may we open our eyes to the unexpected and small ways that Jesus is present to us!

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