Monday, July 18, 2016

Reflection: Matthew 12:38-42

Monday of the 16th Week 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: “No sign except the sign of Jonah will be given!”

How often do we ask Jesus for a sign of His love and presence?  Do we believe and trust in Jesus only when we receive a sign?  If we receive “a sign”, how do we know the sign is from Jesus?  I wonder if Jesus gets as aggravated with us as he did with the scribes and the Pharisees?  They wanted Jesus to prove himself.  Do we also need proof to believe and trust 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 me?  How deep is my belief and trust in Jesus?  Do I wish to strengthen my relationship with Jesus? 

How do we let Jesus know that we desire a deeper and more personal relationship with him?  Jesus is waiting for us!  Be attentive to the little signs you receive from Him.  He is with us.  Will we be open and notice His presence?

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