Daily Reflection – Oct 10, 2016
Monday 10 October 2016
First Reading: Galatians 4:22-24, 26-27, 31-5:1
Blessed be the name of the Lord for ever
Gospel Reading: Luke 11:29-32
Today’s Note: Monday of the Twenty-eighth Week in Ordinary Time
While still more people gathered in the crowd, Jesus 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.
Just as Jonah became a sign to the Ninevites,
so will the Son of Man be to this generation.
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.
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.”
This generation . . . seeks a sign, but no sign will be given it, except the sign of Jonah. (Luke 11:29)
“Lord, it’s easy to imagine myself in the crowd who was asking for a sign. After all, you’re an invisible God. I can’t perceive you directly with my physical senses. So I confess that sometimes, I have doubted that you’re really present with me. Lord, thank you, because you have never condemned my inner jumble of uncertainties and prayers. Instead, in those times of doubt, your grace has flowed even more intensely—along with your patience and understanding.
“Lord, you are teaching me that you have created the world this way because you value faith, hope, and love. The kind of faith you’re building in me decides to believe even without 100 percent certainty. I wouldn’t experience the thrill of stepping out in this faith if I saw you protecting and guiding me all the time. And how could I express hope if heaven were already settled onto earth? And love? That especially enflames your heart. If I were to feel the enormous weight of your glory, it might lessen the freedom of my decision to surrender myself to you. So thank you for wooing me into friendship with you.
“Lord, when the crowd asked for a sign, some might have felt rebuffed by your response. They didn’t get it—by alluding to Jonah, you showed that a great sign was appearing on the horizon. You would be crucified, buried for three days, and then raised up in glory. This is the greatest sign of all! Because they had seen you alive again, your disciples boldly gave their lives in martyrdom.
“Lord, help me to cling confidently to these signs you’ve given—and to the ones you’re still revealing to me. You promised, ‘When you look for me, you will find me. Yes, when you seek me with all your heart, I will let you find me’ (Jeremiah 29:13-14). Lord, help me to pursue you with my whole heart. I trust that as I walk with you, I will discover more signs than I can count. Lord, help me to believe so that I might see!
“Jesus, thank you for the sign of the cross—the greatest sign of your love.”