Monday, July 20, 2015

Reflection: Matthew 12:38-42

16th Monday in Ordinary Time - Matthew 12:38-42

Today the Pharisees and scribes come to Jesus and say: “We want to see a sign from you.” However, Jesus refuses to give them a sign. He tells them that it is “an evil and unfaithful generation” that needs a sign in order to believe. He then says to them: “No sign except the sign of Jonah will be given!”

How often do you (or I) ask for a sign from Jesus? Do we believe and trust in Jesus only when we receive a sign? How do we know the sign is from Jesus? I wonder if Jesus gets as aggravated with us as he was with the scribes and the Pharisees? They wanted Jesus to prove himself! Do we also need proof to believe that Jesus is who he says he is? Do we need proof to believe that Jesus is with us?

Today I invite you to ask yourself: who is Jesus to you? How deep is your belief and trust in Jesus? Do you wish to strengthen your relationship with Jesus? What are the signs or messages that we can give Jesus to let him know we desire a deeper and more personal relationship with him? Jesus is waiting for us! Will we go to him?

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