Today's Gospel: Luke 11:29-32 The Jewish leaders were asking for a sign from Jesus to prove that He really was from God. Meanwhile, Jesus had already worked so many miracles. As a matter of fact, He had just cast out a demon from a mute man, who began to speak, praising God. Yet, the nay-sayers insisted that it was by the power of Satan that Jesus was casting out demons. The Pharisees and some others among the Jews had their ideas about what the Messiah was to be like. These preconceived notions prevented them from realizing that Jesus was fulfilling the Scriptures about the Messiah. They couldn’t even imagine that this was the Man that God sent to save us. They wanted Jesus to be what they wanted Him to be; and therefore, they were not open to conversion, like the Ninevites and the Queen of Sheba were. How sad that they could not let go of their ideas to embrace God’s plan. They couldn’t admit that they were wrong and accept God’s loving mercy. Don’t we get like that sometimes? We have in our heads how God ought to answer our prayers. We justify grudges because of the wrong someone has done to us. Or perhaps, we get upset with our situation and wonder if God truly loves us. Maybe, we need to let go of our preconceived notions and embrace God’s will.


Have you ever looked for something that was right in front of your face? It can be like that in the spiritual realm, too. Open your eyes to the signs of God’s love and mercy all around us.


Father, sometimes I forget that I was made in Your image and likeness, and not the other way around; forgive me. Grant me the graces to always be open to Your will for me. I ask this through the One who perfectly fulfilled Your will, Jesus Christ. Amen.
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